HHS Watch is a campaign that examines decision makers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a full audit into the positions and backgrounds of appointees and continuous monitoring of their actions.
Trump Administration HHS appointees are seeking to undermine proven, popular, and effective reproductive health programs, as well as Americans’ independent reproductive health decisions.
Steven Valentine is Chief of Staff to Brett Giroir, the appointee tasked with overseeing the fetal tissue review, and his brother is a Susan B Anthony List employee who has lobbied HHS during the Trump Administration. SBA List is an extreme anti-abortion advocacy organization that wants to ban abortion in nearly all cases. Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) is an arm of the SBA List, which has provided “research” reports to Steven Valentine.
Brett Giroir Has Been Charged With Finding Alternatives To Fetal Tissue “Brett Giroir, the HHS assistant secretary of health, sent a letter to GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — the anti-abortion leader of the Freedom Caucus — describing the agency’s plan to move forward on alternatives to fetal tissue. The National Institutes of Health currently funds more than $100 million in research that draws on fetal tissue.” [Politico, 11/16/18]
Steven Valentine Once Worked For SBA List As An Interim Legislative Affairs Director “SBA List’s former interim legislative affairs director, Steven Valentine, was named associate director for policy in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, which oversees programs like Title X and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. He became deputy chief of staff for the office last fall.” [Politico, 5/22/18]
Steven Valentine Maintains Close Relationships With SBA List & Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), Including Through His Brother Who Has Lobbied HHS During The Trump Administration
Steven Valentine’s Brother Billy Is A Lobbyist For SBA List And Has Lobbied HHS During His Brother’s Tenure “Valentine’s brother, Billy, is a lobbyist for SBA List, and disclosures show he’s lobbied HHS on Title X. With a friend in the White House, the group’s spending on lobbying has grown from between $270,000 and $500,000 a year between 2013 and 2016 to $740,000 last year. It’s spent $220,000 in the first quarter of 2018 alone.” [Politico, 5/22/18]
Anti-Reproductive Health Appointees
The Trump Administration appointees with influence over critical health policies and programs.