Calling it an “abuse of taxpayer trust,” Rep. Steven Horsford Friday said he is formally calling for his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee to investigate reports of a Trump administration official spending public money on consultants to help her polish her image.
Politico reported Friday that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma has directed more than $2 million to Republican consultants, including one to help her improve her image.
Horsford, who serves on the Ways and Means, said in a statement that he has spoken with committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), and is “formally requesting that our committee look into this abuse of taxpayer trust.”
“It’s alarming that the administration would funnel millions of dollars to Republican political consultants while proposing devastating cuts to the critical health care programs they oversee,” Horsford said. “The Trump Administration just proposed cutting more than one trillion dollars from the Medicare and Medicaid programs that seniors, low-income families and individuals with disabilities rely on for their health care. They owe the American people answers about why their cost-cutting measures don’t extend to their public relations budget.”