WASHINGTON—(ENEWSPF)—December 18, 2017. Following a Washington Post report that the Trump Administration is prohibiting officials and staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using a list of seven commonly accepted words and phrases, U.S. Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to provide immediate clarification and a commitment that the agency’s critical activities are not being compromised by extreme political ideology.
“Imposing a gag order on our nation’s top public health agency to advance a radical right-wing agenda is shocking and embarrassing,” said Durbin.
The reportedly banned terms include: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”
In his letter, Durbin outlines three questions regarding whether or not CDC officials and staff had been banned or discouraged—by anyone in the Trump Administration—from using the seven specific words and phrases in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget documents and requests a response by January 5, 2018. He also requests a briefing during the month of January, in order to better understand what ill-advised directives are being foisted upon our nation’s premier public health agency by officials within the Trump Administration.
Full text of the letter is available here