Both the White House and House Democrats' campaign arm circulated petitions supporting the Affordable Care Act, and House Democrats criticized the GOP for repealing politically popular benefits like lower-cost prescription drugs for seniors and cheaper access to preventive care.
Twitter fight! Why limit your partisan sparring to the halls of Congress? Members of both parties took the ObamaCare debate to Twitter ahead of Thursday's vote. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) got things started with #ObamaCareInThreeWords. The White House then got into the action, as did any number of Democratic lawmakers, prompting a retort from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and a slew of Republicans.
GOP replacement: Boehner told reporters that his conference will discuss an ObamaCare replacement bill in the coming weeks. He didn't elaborate on what it would include, apart from promising "patient-centered reforms" focused on preserving jobs.
Republicans seek GAO probe: Congressional Republicans are asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate the fundraising calls Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has made on behalf of an outside group promoting the healthcare law. Republicans in both chambers have already launched their own probes, and on Thursday asked the GAO to weigh in as well.
"The Secretary’s actions show an apparent disregard for constitutional principles and may violate the Antideficiency Act, the prohibition against augmenting congressional appropriations, and executive branch ethics laws," the lawmakers wrote.
Read their request here.
Pelosi backs Sebelius: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s move to solicit private donations to implement ObamaCare, arguing that the government has a responsibility to help beneficiaries enroll under the law.
“There were hundreds of millions of dollars spent during the debate misrepresenting, mischaracterizing — I don't like to use this word, lying — about what was in or not in the Affordable Care Act. It was going to be death panels, it was going to be about abortion, it was going to be this, that and the other thing — none of which was true,” Pelosi said.
“So this is not an unusual thing that the private sector would weigh in. And it's people who want to have people sign up. ... And so, no, I don't have any problem with her [Sebelius] doing that.”
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Seat at the table: D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will testify next Thursday at a subcommittee hearing on Rep. Trent Franks's (R-Ariz.) bill to ban abortions in the District after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That's news because Norton was denied a chance to speak at last year's hearing on the same bill, raising the ire of D.C. residents and advocates for home rule.
Norton wrote to Franks, who leads the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, asking for another chance to testify. "The House, under both parties, has a long tradition of affording members the courtesy of testifying, in addition to the invited witnesses, especially when the subject matter is a member’s own district," she wrote.
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