Boehner gives Bachmann seat for Supreme Court arguments

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) got one of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) limited allotment of tickets to this week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on the federal healthcare law.

Bachmann’s ticket enables her to sit in on Wednesday’s arguments. She made repeal of President Obama’s signature law a key element of her short-lived presidential campaign.

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According to spokesman Michael Steel, Boehner conferred with House committee chairmen about how to dole out the handful of seat tickets he got. Steel would not reveal how many tickets he got.

Besides Bachmann, Boehner gave a ticket to Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) for Tuesday’s arguments.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said the Speaker gave the committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicaid, one ticket for each session. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) used the seat Tuesday, while Upton intends to attend the arguments on Wednesday morning and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) will fill the seat Wednesday afternoon.

The Ways and Means Committee had the best representation on Tuesday. Seats went to Chairman Dave Camp and GOP Reps. Sam Johnson (Texas), Charles Boustany (La.), along with ranking member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Democratic Reps. Pete Stark (Calif.) and Jim McDermott (Wash.).