Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

"Recently there was a directive from the Trump administration banning certain word usage at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies (" "Diversity, ' 'fetus" among words said to be banned at HHS agencies", December 17 World-Herald).

"There has been a voluminous response to the [request for information], and the center's team is working through a review of the submissions", Shannon Royce, director of the agency's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said in a statement Monday night.

"CDC has a long-standing history of making public health and budget decisions that are based on the best available science and data that benefits all Americans - and we will continue to do so", Fitzgerald said, adding that the words guidance was referring to how the budget was to be presented - not as "overall guidance". When a government starts to ban certain words, that's a sign of a dictatorship. The denial came just two days after widespread media attention erupted around an article in the Washington Post, saying CDC was instructing its budget officials not to use words like "transgender" and "diversity" in its upcoming budget proposals. The forbidden terms are "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based".

Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban
Infectious disease groups weigh in on CDC-budget word ban

Analysts were allegedly given alternative wordings that they were encouraged to use, in some cases. And the New York Times said a "few" HHS officials "suggested that the proposal was not so much a ban on words but recommendations to avoid some language to ease the path toward budget approval by Republicans". Of course, the main barriers stopping faith-based groups from receiving public funding right now are their troublesome desires to pick and choose who they offer help, on the basis of specific characteristics such as gender identity. And, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, President Trump appointed a virulently anti-transgender person, Charmaine Yoest, as HHS assistant secretary for public affairs. And the Environmental Protection Agency is to eliminate the use of the words Global Warming. Bustle has reached out to HHS for further comment.

However, many groups noted that of the comments that have been made public, which constitute less than 1 percent of the amount submitted, they are overwhelmingly tilted in favor of the Trump administration's proposal-71 in favor, only 9 against.

The Trump administration's budget for the next fiscal year is due to be released in February.

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