Rep. Sewell Statement on HHS Budget Hearing with Sec. Price
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price came before the Ways & Means Committee for a hearing on President Trump’s HHS Budget. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), a Member of the Ways & Means Committee, questioned Sec. Tom Price on President Trump’s failure to fulfill previous commitments to protect Medicaid funding and to fully fund other health commitments.
“President Trump’s failed promise to protect Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security will go down as one of the most damaging backtracks in recent presidential history,” said Rep. Sewell. “No spin from HHS Secretary Tom Price can disguise the fact that this Administration’s cuts to Medicaid will leave millions without health coverage, hurt struggling hospitals, and limit access to care for our most vulnerable children. In addition, the HHS budget proposed by our President cuts the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, strips rehabilitation services, and defunds NIH health research at institutions like the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I believe we need to recommit ourselves to addressing the health challenges our country faces, not back away from those challenges and the patients who need our support.”
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.