“ample basis to investigate the nursing home response in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey”


The lawmakers told Durbin the “decision not to pursue potential civil rights violations in states with high-profile Democrat governors raises serious concerns that the Biden administration is acting based on politics, not the law.”

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The senators argued, “Congressional oversight is needed to ensure the protection of seniors’ civil rights.” They said it is also needed “to seek justice for seniors in long-term care facilities who lost their lives to COVID-19, given the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s recent announcement that it will not ‘open a CRIPA [Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act] investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time.’”

The lawmakers told Durbin the “decision not to pursue potential civil rights violations in states with high-profile Democrat governors raises serious concerns that the Biden administration is acting based on politics, not the law.”

They suggested there is an “ample basis to investigate the nursing home response in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey” and accused the states of pressuring “nursing homes to accept patients with active COVID-19 infections who were being discharged from hospitals at the height of the pandemic.”

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