Nelson to Sebelius: 'Burn their fingers'

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson2020 party politics in Puerto Rico There is no winning without Latinos as part of your coalition Dem 2020 candidates court Puerto Rico as long nomination contest looms MORE lashed out Wednesday at the contractors charged with building the ObamaCare website.

Addressing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? New Dem Kansas gov reinstates protections for LGBT state employees Next Kansas governor to reinstate LGBT protections for state workers MORE at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, the Florida Democrat said the contractors should be held to account for the site’s disastrous launch.

“As someone who has fought and bled for this ... I want you to hold them to account,” Nelson said. “I want you to burn their fingers and make them pay for not being responsible and producing a product that all of us could be proud of.”

Nelson asked Sebelius if she had any legal authority to withhold payments from the contractors.

“We have paid out a portion of the money that has been encumbered for the website build out,” Sebelius said. “It clearly is not up and running at a sufficient level at this point.”

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