Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFormer senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World MORE (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster GOP senator lobbying colleagues to keep legislative filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) to publically explain why he has exempted some of his leadership staff from enrolling in the ObamaCare health insurance exchange.
“I think it’s incumbent on the distinguished majority leader to come clean,” Vitter said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, requires members of Congress and their staff to enter the healthcare exchange but allows lawmakers to exempt committee and leadership staff. Vitter has criticized this, calling it the “Washington Exemption.” He has introduced legislation to prevent the exemption but hasn't gotten a vote on the measure.
Vitter said he wrote Reid a letter asking him to publicly answer four questions, including if the staffers Reid has exempted helped him pass ObamaCare.
Vitter said that in the letter, he asked Reid to join him on the floor Tuesday afternoon, but Reid didn't show.