WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Restoring Trust in Public Health Act which would require that nominees for Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) be confirmed by the United States Senate. Recently, the CDC has impacted the lives of Americans through its COVID-19 guidelines and eviction moratorium, all occurring under directors who have not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“The CDC Director is arguably the most powerful position at HHS that is not subject to Senate confirmation. In the past year and a half during a global pandemic, CDC-issued guidance has impacted every American – without input from Congress. If an individual is going to have such vast and seemingly unchecked power, the CDC Director should be a Senate-confirmed role to ensure the American people get a say in the process and that the individual selected has the temperament and qualifications necessary,” said Senator Tuberville.
Sens. Tuberville and Lee are joined by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Mike Braun (R-IN) as cosponsors.
The full text of the bill can be read here.
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.