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Members request ‘hold’ on new HHS secretary

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise, along with Congressmen Charles Boustany (LA-03), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), John Fleming (LA-04) and Vance McAllister (LA-05) today sent a letter to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) requesting that they place a “hold” on the nomination of Sylvia Burwell for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Sylvia Burwell’s nomination as Secretary of HHS should not be considered on the Senate floor until she agrees to treat all American people fairly under the Affordable Care Act,” Scalise said.  “We ask our state’s Senators to stand with us in protecting Louisiana families from the harmful effects and penalties of the Affordable Care Act by using every tool available to them, including a ‘hold’ on Burwell’s nomination.  More than 92,000 Louisianans have had their health insurance plans canceled, and some individuals in our home state are seeing their health insurance premiums increase by more than 100 percent. Unfortunately, while these scenarios are playing out across the country, President Obama continues to pick political favorites through selective exemptions from the ACA. It is wholly unfair for these families to still be threatened with penalties from the IRS while the Administration has unilaterally delayed or changed the law at least 20 times to grant relief to others.”

The letter can be found here.

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