By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 10/15/13 11:45 PM EDT
The Hill has the latest on the fiscal drama.
Also, over at The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza rounds up some candid thoughts on the Vitter amendment from Hill staffers. (Spoiler alert: They are not fans.)
White House backs Sebelius: Republicans are calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign over the botched ObamaCare rollout, but the White House still has her back. Sebelius has "the full confidence of the president," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. His comments came after a small handful of Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, said Sebelius should lose her job over the problems that faced the initial rollout of healthcare.gov. Healthwatch has the story.
Grassley weighs in: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he never intended to make lawmakers and congressional aides cover the full cost of their healthcare plans, but that he believes it's the only fair thing to do. Grassley sponsored the provision in ObamaCare that requires members of Congress and their staffs to buy healthcare coverage through the law's insurance exchanges.
Birth control at issue: Conservative House members expressed a desire Tuesday to fund the government only until Dec. 15 in order to force a fight over ObamaCare's birth control mandate. Members of the House GOP discussed a proposal that would reopen the government through mid-December, just weeks before a provision of the mandate takes effect on Jan. 1 for religiously affiliated groups.
House Republicans seemed adrift after canceling a vote on a debt-limit plan Tuesday night. But members of the party signaled concerns about letting the Jan. 1 date pass without waging a battle over contraception.
"It boils down to conscience protections that basically become compromised on the first of January, and that's bothersome to a lot of people," Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Read more at Healthwatch.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will promote the Affordable Care Act in Ohio.
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