New York House Republicans call for documents in civil nursing home inquiry

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The Republican members of New York’s House delegation on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to release records that had been part of the Justice Department’s civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in the state.

The request for documents comes after the Department of Justice signaled it would not pursue an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act stemming from the deaths of nursing home residents in New York and other states.

“The people of New York and the thousands of families of nursing home residents who tragically lost their lives due to these unconscionable actions are rightly demanding answers,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “They deserve full transparency from the Department following the decision to not open a CRIPA investigation, which was provided without any justification in a July 23, 2021 letter to our offices.”

Lawmakers signing onto he letter seeking the documentation included Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican candidate for governor.

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