SENATOR RON JOHNSON COULD HOLD UP OPM NOMINEE OVER OBAMACARE RULE - October 18, 2017
Senator Threatens to Hold Up OPM Nominee Over Obamacare Rule Spat
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee threatened Wednesday to halt the confirmation of nominees to key positions at the Office of Personnel Management until he is confident the agency will comply with long-running requests for documents related to the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.
The committee held hearings Wednesday for President Trump’s nominees to be director and deputy director of OPM. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., asked Jeff Pon, the White House’s pick for director of the agency, whether he would commit to providing all documentation relating to a 2013 OPM rule allowing employees of Congress to purchase insurance on the D.C. Small Business Health Options Plan exchange and receive an employer subsidy.