Oversight week: House keeps up pressure on ObamaCare

Anne Wernikoff

House Republicans have planned two oversight hearings next week on ObamaCare, and others dealing with the housing bailout and wasteful federal conferences.

The main event is a Wednesday hearing at the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify on ObamaCare's "implementation failures."

Sebelius is under increasing pressure to answer for the technical failures of the ObamaCare website, and some have called for her to be fired.

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On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will start the discussion with a hearing on the status of ObamaCare's implementation. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies then.

Also Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee meets to discuss the "implications of a $1.7 billion taxpayer bailout" of the Federal Housing Administration.

Back to Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will again take up the issue of wasteful government conferences, this time at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Aside from oversight, the week will be punctuated by two major House-Senate conference meetings. On Wednesday morning, members of the House and Senate hold the first conference meeting on a 2014 budget, and in the afternoon, the first meeting of the farm bill conference meet.

Details on these and other key hearings follow here:

House Agriculture

Oct. 30, farm bill conference business meeting, with Senate conferees
     1 p.m., 1100 Longworth House Office Building

House Armed Services

Oct. 29, "Twenty-five years of acquisition reform: Where do we go from here?"
     10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Budget

Oct. 30, Budget Conference Committee Meeting
     10 a.m., HC-5, The Capitol

House Energy & Commerce

Oct. 30, "PPACA Implementation Failures: Answers from HHS," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies
     9 a.m., 2125 Rayburn House Office Building

House Financial Services

Oct. 29, "Federal Housing Administration: Implications of a $1.7 billion Taxpayer Bailout," Assistant Secretary for Housing Carol Galante testifies
     10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

House Foreign Affairs

Oct. 29, "Next Steps on Egypt Policy"
     10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

House Oversight & Government Reform


Oct. 30, "A Culture of Mismanagement and Wasteful Conference Spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs"
     9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Ways & Means

Oct. 29, "Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation," Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies
     10 a.m., 1100 Longworth House Office Building