Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said Thursday that he’d drop his ObamaCare amendment to an energy efficiency bill if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed to have a binding vote on construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said Wednesday that he would once again try to force a vote on his ObamaCare amendment while the Senate considers an energy efficiency bill.
Though the bill has Democratic support, it lacks backing from the White House.
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Monday to expedite its review of a major painkiller’s anti-abuse properties.
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) demanded that the State Department conduct a study on the health effects the Keystone XL pipeline would have on the public.
Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) applauded the administration’s announcement Wednesday that it would finalize a rule to reduce coal dust but said more could be done to help miners exposed to the toxic material.
"These individuals should not be punished, either through a tax penalty or lack of coverage, because of ongoing technical or process challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act," Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Monday that the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) rule allowing congressional staffers to receive employer-subsidized healthcare was a “stunning disregard for the law.”
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Rep. Stephen Lynch, who opposed the law, said it might cost Democrats the Senate in November.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) called President Obama’s announcement that 8 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare a “victory lap” that was an “insult” to those who lost the coverage they had before the law was enacted.