Trump Accountability Project (TAP)

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

During Service 

-- 3.28.17: Under his proposed budget for the U.S. Congress, The Trump Administration offered to cut HIV and AIDS research funding under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

-- 3.24.17: President Trump and his administration appointed anti-LGBTQ activist and former Heritage Foundation employee Roger Severino to lead the Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office, putting the LGBTQ community at risk of losing access to critical and affordable health care. 

-- 3.20.17: Trump Administration erases the LGBTQ community from The National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living, key surveys that are used to help provide care to American seniors – including disability, transportation, and caregiver support needs.

Prior to Service

-- Holding a 0% congressional rating from the Human Rights Campaign, Rep. Price voted in favor of a Federal Marriage Amendment that would have denied same-sex couples the right to marry, voted against LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes legislation, voted against the repeal of the military's discriminatory 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy, and voted against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which aimed to provide nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ employees.

-- Said Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling was "not only a sad day for marriage, but a further judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances."

-- Insisted legislation designed to protect LGBTQ people from hate crimes was really "thought crimes" legislation, and bemoaned its manner of passage as an "absolute disgrace."

-- When a rabbi who had previously blamed Hurricane Sandy on marriage equality asked Rep. Price if Congress could consider the "tremendous medical health impact and economic impact" of being LGBTQ, Price agreed that "the consequences of activity that has been seen as outside the norm are real and must be explored completely and in their entirety prior to moving forward with any social legislation that would alter things."

-- Condemned the repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for turning the military into "a testing ground for social policy, and called its manner of passage "shameful."

-- Spoke at a "Take Back America" conference where attendees were lectured on subjects such as "How To Counter The Homosexual Extremist Movement."

-- Excused comments comparing being gay to pedophilia and bestiality as simple "Christian beliefs regarding proper sexual ethics."

-- Called federal guidelines on transgender equality "absurd" and a "clear invasion of privacy."