Alexander, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member, lead nearly all of the GOP Senate caucus in writing a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.
The senators said they were prompted to send the letter after reports that the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Education and the Department of Labor, among others, were promoting ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
The lawmakers said they want to know what funds these agencies are using since Congress did not authorize that spending.
“There is a cost to the taxpayers for each and every one of these actions,” the letter stated. “[Health and Human Services] has requested additional money to implement the health care law, and Congress denied that request. HHS now appears to be evading Congress’ constitutional power of the purse by using unrelated resources and authorities dedicated to other missions.”
In the letter, the senators questioned how the administration could complain about sequester cuts and yet still find money in various agencies to pay for ObamaCare promotions.
“Given that the Administration spent the last several months warning of alleged catastrophe from cutting approximately $85.3 billion out of a $3 trillion budget as part of sequestration, it is particularly surprising that unrelated resources, which previously could not be reduced, are now being used to implement or promote the health care law,” the senators wrote. “It is troubling that taxpayer funds are being used in this way without notice to the Congress by each agency involved.”
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