Republicans are asking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to defend a multimillion dollar grant given to ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber in light of his controversial comments on the law's passage.

"Recent developments related to Dr. Gruber raise questions about his objectivity and judgment, and thus the utility of his research," Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) wrote in a letterto NIH Director Francis Collins Wednesday.

"Further, the award of this grant causes major concerns regarding NIH's funding priorities," they said.

Pitts leads the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health, and Harris serves on the Appropriations Committee.

The letter stated that Gruber has received $1.5 million from the National Institute on Aging to study how seniors choose between plans in Medicare Part D. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is "on pace" to receive more than $2 million for the project, Republicans said.

Gruber is under fire for saying last year that a "lack of transparency" and the "stupidity of the American voter" aided the passage of the healthcare law. He has apologized, but remains a political punching bag for the right as more videos emerge.

Pitts and Harris asked Collins to describe how the NIH chose to fund Gruber's project, how the grant is being managed and how the NIH would go about rescinding the funding.

Some of the letter's language was highly charged.

"If NIH were to continue funding Dr. Gruber's grant, would you recommend that Congress and others utilize Dr. Gruber's study given his deplorable views on the intelligence of Americans?" the lawmakers wrote.

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This is good, but it is not enough. They are going after the fruit, not the tree. 0 is the root of this. And Soros.

2 M ?  .. thats peanuts compared to the Trillions of $'s wasted on obamas pleasures .. Congress needs to clomp down on the problem not these nasty little mosquitos ..!

This is exactly what is needed! Finally, some republicans who are not cowards.

The liberals make all of their propagandists rich using taxpayer money and sneaky grants and funding sources. WE HAVE TO ATTACK THOSE PRODUCERS OF PROPAGANDA AS WELL AS THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT ARE DOLING OUT THE MONEY FOR IT.

Gruber is under fire for saying last year that a "lack of transparency" and the "stupidity of the American voter" aided the passage of the healthcare law. He has apologized, but remains a political punching bag for the right as more videos emerge.

Pitts and Harris asked Collins to describe how the NIH chose to fund Gruber's project, how the grant is being managed and how the NIH would go about rescinding the funding.

Some of the letter's language was highly charged.

"If NIH were to continue funding Dr. Gruber's grant, would you recommend that Congress and others utilize Dr. Gruber's study given his deplorable views on the intelligence of Americans?" the lawmakers wrote.

"If you do recommend utilizing it," they continued, "how would you justify that decision, especially to seniors who rely on Medicare Part D?"

Gruber's consulting fees have come under scrutiny as the controversy unfolds. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called this week for a probe into how much Gruber was paid to help with ObamaCare, with some outlets pegging the number at around $400,000.

Republicans in Congress are also entertaining hearings on the issue, though nothing has been scheduled yet.

The White House says none of its staff share Gruber's view of voters, and that the professor served in a narrow role consulting on the economics of healthcare reform.

“It wasn’t his responsibility to try to figure out how to get this bill through,” said Obama spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday.

“His expertise was focused on the economics of healthcare. This is the expertise he lent to Gov. [Mitt] Romney [in Massachusetts], and that was the role he played here."

Well, here's another suggestion; if the NIH refuses to "cooperate" and goes ahead with this "grant", Congress, in turn, should withhold $2MILLION from an budget allotment for them!  

Doubt our gutless Republicans in Washington will do it.

I have called this morning the office of the President, the office of Diane Feinstein, the office of Barbara Boxer and the office of John Boehner. I have given the exact same dialogue and plea regarding representing America rather than amnesty to all offices. ONLY ONE REPRESENTATIVE HUNG UP ON ME - THE OFFICE OF JOHN BOEHNER! All the other offices were lovely, informative and very, very polite. John Boehner cannot stand being called a liberal Republican. He does not represent us, Tea Party.

The representative told me to call Ted Cruz. THAT is our leadership representing America in the fight against amnesty.

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