Cummings Asks Gowdy to Subpoena Documents on Trump Administration Campaign to Scrub Women’s Health Info from HHS Websites
Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote a letter asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue a subpoena to compel the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to produce documents it is withholding regarding efforts by the Trump Administration to scrub information about breast cancer, preventive services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and various LGBTQ health issues from the websites of the Department’s Office of Women’s Health. He noted that the Department’s response on April 20, 2018 did not provide the documents or information requested in Cummings’ original letter.
“HHS did not provide a single page of the documents I requested or any evidence in support of its explanation,” said Cummings. “HHS also did not provide any information on whether it had complied with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act in deleting this information or on why it had removed content about LGBTQ women’s healthcare.”