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Pallone & Eshoo Statement on White House Blocking FDA from Testifying

Sep 18, 2020
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement today after the Trump White House blocked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., from testifying before the Energy and Commerce Committee:

“Despite bipartisan interest and our request for Commissioner Hahn to appear before the Energy and Commerce Committee this month, the White House has blocked Dr. Hahn from testifying. Members of the Committee have raised important concerns about the Trump Administration’s ongoing political interference into the COVID-19 response efforts of our public health agencies.  The American people deserve to hear Commissioner Hahn’s response to those concerns during a public hearing and what actions he is taking to ensure that the agency’s COVID-19 decisions remain science-based. The White House’s muzzling of the FDA’s top scientist further injures public trust and confidence in FDA.”