Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to oppose the Federal Administration’s proposed rule to strip protections against discrimination in grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS):

 

“The Federal government provides billions of dollars in funding for programs on which millions of Americans rely upon. As the first Latina in the Presidential Cabinet, I worked hard every day to eliminate inequality in these federal grants. President Obama also recognized these disparities in health and the need to serve people based on their individualized needs, beliefs, and backgrounds – and I’m proud that the Obama Administration codified protections to ensure equal, nondiscriminatory access.

 

HHS is tasked with ensuring the well-being of all Americans. However, this Administration is proposing to eliminate existing regulations prohibiting discrimination based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in HHS grant programs. This proposed rule runs contrary to HHS’ mission, as well as the values that most Americans share.

 

Programs funded by HHS grants include HIV prevention, senior meals, foster care and adoption, prekindergarten programs, and more.

 

This proposed rule would exacerbate existing disparities in health and education, and would encourage discrimination and hate that is increasingly pervasive in today’s society. Under this proposed rule, community meal programs could deny food delivery to a senior that identifies as Muslim or Jewish. Under this proposed rule, a child could be denied a loving home simply because the would-be parents identify as LGBTQ+.

 

This proposed rule is un-American. LA County will stand up and fight for the hard-earned protective status of vulnerable communities.”

 

As a result of today’s action, the County of Los Angeles will send a five-signature letter in opposition to the proposed rule, submit a comprehensive public comment, and monitor legal action so that the Board of Supervisors may consider joining litigation against the proposed rule.