The White House was caught with its doom-and-gloom facts down around its ankles Tuesday during a hearing in Washington.
Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, asked Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden about a White House claim that sequestration budget cuts would reduce childhood vaccinations under a federal program called 317 by 2,050 in Maryland alone.
When Frieden couldn’t recall any facts or figures, Harris supplied them. He said the sequester cuts the 317 program by $30 million, but Obama’s own budget, which was submitted to Congress and failed to get a single vote, would have cut that program by $58 million — nearly double.
“So actually, the president cut twice as much in his budget. Can I assume that the president’s proposed cut would’ve reduced funding to 4,100 children in Maryland?” Harris asked. “Is it your testimony that under the president’s proposed cut of $58 million in his budget to the 317 program, you could have avoided cuts to vaccines to children in Maryland?”