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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Is Sebelius acting according to the law regarding ObamaCare?

A group of Republican lawmakers called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over her fundraising for a nonprofit supporting Obamacare.

Republicans are criticizing news that Sebelius sought donations from health care companies for a group working to encourage more people to enroll in Obamacare programs.

“The Secretary’s actions show an apparent disregard for constitutional principles and may violate the Antideficiency Act, the prohibition against augmenting congressional appropriations, and executive branch ethics laws,” a letter from several Republicans to the comptroller reads.

The letter was signed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Finance Committee; Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce; David Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means; and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), chairman of the Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education subcommittee.

Republicans have been trying to lump in criticism of Sebelius with their discussion of the latest series of controversies to hit Washington, tying her to the IRS scandal and news that the Department of

Justice obtained phone records from The Associated Press.
Republicans argued that Sebelius could be violating the constitution by seeking funds from sources other than Congress to implement the law.  (Continues)

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