President Donald Trump is planning to continue his ban on the use of federal funds to purchase new recessed medical cabinets and to continue the use, maintenance and operation of the existing ones.
The White House on Thursday told a Congressional panel that Trump will continue to designate Cabinet positions as “recessed,” though he is planning on putting in place an interim guidance that would keep them that way for several months.
The White House said the Cabinet secretaries will have to submit to the White House their plans for the “recurring use” of the cabinet for the next six months.
The Cabinet recessed designation, a move that the White Board of Cabinet Advisors has proposed for several years, would allow the president to nominate and appoint Cabinet secretaries and other Cabinet-level officials with a fixed term of six months or less, though the White Office says that the new guidance would keep the Cabinet secretary position for “several months.”
The White Office said the temporary guidance would allow Cabinet secretaries to submit their plans to the president for consideration during the next few months.
It said the new guidelines will allow for the Cabinet to continue to function, but it said it would not be possible to designate the positions as recessed for the foreseeable future.
The move comes as Trump continues to push for new regulations on prescription drug prices and other aspects of the health care system.
Trump has proposed eliminating all payments to insurers for Medicaid, a program that provides healthcare for low-income and disabled Americans.
The plan has also been criticized by Republican lawmakers and some Democrats for not keeping the Medicaid program fully funded for the time being.