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In a turn of events that is just begging to be described as Orwellian (or perhaps Carlin-ian), the Centers for Disease Control has told employees to refrain from using a list of seven words in upcoming budget proposals, according to a Washington Post report.

According to The Washington Post, words that can not be used include "fetus", "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "evidence-based" and "science-based". The meeting about the banned words was reportedly led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency's Office of Financial Services.

Matt Lloyd, the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, told the paper that the agency "will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans". The banned phrases include such terms as "evidence based", "science-based" and "diversity." .

The Hill reported that, "Analysts are reportedly prohibited from using the phrases in official documents they prepare for the 2019 budget, which is expected to be released in February". "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".

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"I don't know exactly who said what in the meeting, but I have to assume this came from HHS people, because they're the ones who have to make the budget", the former official said.

The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention is working on ways to prevent HIV among transgenderpeople and reduce health disparities. Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based", the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes", the person said.

The ban is related to the budget and supporting materials that are to be given to the CDC's partners and to Congress, the analyst said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Much of the CDC's work has strong bipartisan support.

- In September, The Washington Post reported a former Trump campaign aide in charge of vetting Environmental Protection Agency grants instructed EPA grant officers to eliminate references to "climate change" in the subject in solicitations.

"Among the words forbidden to be used in CDC budget documents are "evidence-based" and 'science-based.' I suppose one must not think those things either", Holt said.

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