Criticism of Cantor's plan is likely to continue Tuesday as Tea Party lawmakers and activists rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol building in favor of defunding ObamaCare. That event is designed to pressure GOP leadership and return Washington's attention to healthcare issues after several weeks of debate over military invention in Syria.
Hiring questions: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and a handful of Senate GOP colleagues want more information about how the Obama administration was able to staff up to implement its signature healthcare law. The senators wrote to the Office of Personnel Management on Monday with questions about why the personnel department let the Department of Health and Human Services bypass certain federal hiring rules to fill roughly 1,800 positions related to the healthcare law. Healthwatch has all the details.
New delay bill: Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced a new bill Monday to delay the individual mandate in President Obama's healthcare law. The bill mirrors a proposal the House passed in July, hoping to capitalize on the delay of the law's employer mandate.
“The best shot at repealing this devastating law is to delay it and allow the American people to decide Obamacare’s fate in the 2014 election," Coats said in a statement.
Taft-Hartley fight: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation on Monday that he says would prevent labor unions from getting a “backroom deal” on ObamaCare. Unions are lobbying the White House to change the Affordable Care Act so that the law's tax subsidies can be used to purchase nonprofit, multi-employer healthcare plans offered to union members.
Thune, who leads the Senate Republican Conference, introduced the measure Monday as members of the AFL-CIO met in Los Angeles for their annual conference.
Healthwatch has more.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on ObamaCare's impact on businesses.
Tea Party senators and groups will convene a rally on the Capitol's West Lawn on defunding ObamaCare. Liberal lawmakers will host a prebuttal event at the Capitol Visitor Center.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden will speak at a luncheon at the National Press Club.
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