FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Chairman of the Small Business Committee, is extending the deadline for Obamacare documents from House and Senate officials, and the DC government, to February 24 after receiving unsatisfactory answers from them. The deadline was initially February 13, but Vitter, who’s investigating why Congress illegally enrolled in the DC small business exchange, was dissatisfied with the Senate financial clerk and House Clerk’s lack of compliance with the investigation. Vitter is requesting for non-redacted, electronic copies of the applications and the names of the officials who instructed Congress to falsify these applications. Vitter’s investigation comes as a result of Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit against the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority over the falsified applications and Congress’s wrongful classification as a “state/local government.” Read the latest news of this lawsuit here.
This quote from the article highlights the main reason for Vitter’s investigation:
The investigation is a continuation of Vitter’s longstanding crusade against what he deems the “Washington Obamacare exemption,” or the Office of Personnel Management’s 2013 ruling that allowed congressional employees to keep the government contribution to their health care. On Feb. 13, Vitter sent a letter to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, explaining he is placing a procedural hold on the deputy director’s nomination until he receives answers about the decisions to continue the contribution and allow Congress to enroll in the small business exchange.