Watchdog Sues HHS After Sec. Becerra Misleads Congress

Watchdog Sues HHS After Sec. Becerra Misleads Congress

October 27, 2022

Breitbart News reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the Department of Health and Human Services after it refused to provide information regarding Secretary Xavier Becerra’s false testimony before Congress.

In April, the HHS secretary testified that the existence of administration policies like paying doctors more money if they create an “anti-racism” plan that includes a “clinic-wide review” of doctor ideology, including their “commitment to anti-racism” was “driven by mis- and disinformation.”

After being questioned by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) about the existence of such race-oriented medical policies, Becerra “challenge[d]” the Alabama Republican to find them. Those policies, however, were published at the time of his testimony in Volume 86 of the Federal Register.

This disparity motivated government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as a probe into whether Becerra knew he made false statements to Congress. HHS, however, has refused to comply with their legal obligation to fulfill the requests, prompting the watchdog to file suit against the agency.

“The American public needs to be assured they can trust the statements of those at the highest levels of power who create, implement, and oversee the policies that affect their lives and how the funds they remit as taxes are spent,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain said in a press release.

“The American public’s trust in the agency Secretary Becerra leads has plummeted during the pandemic and a good first step in restoring that trust is to comply with our request so they can determine whether he delivered truthful testimony to their elected representatives,” he continued.

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