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Lawmakers Not Pleased with Health Secretary Memo

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Two U.S. lawmakers have reprimanded one of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet members, Heath and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, for an HHS memo that appeared to restrict department employees from communicating directly with Congress.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, both Republicans, said in a letter to Price that the directive to his department’s employees was “potentially illegal and unconstitutional.”

The two committee chairmen noted that U.S. law guarantees government workers the right to contact Congress, and they said the memo issued by one of Price’s aides this month “will likely chill protected disclosures of waste, fraud and abuse.”

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