Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana)Â David VitterÂ will continue his block ofÂ the nomination of Beth Cobert as director of the Office of Personnel ManagementÂ on a full-time basis.
Vitter told lawmakers in a letterÂ postedÂ WednesdayÂ that hisÂ hold on Cobert — who currently serves as OPM acting director — remains in place due toÂ concerns regarding the health care of Congress members and their respective staffs under Obamacare.
VitterÂ claims that the lack of a special provision in the amendment regarding contributions from federal government and its employees was illegal.
Vitter noted that theÂ rule provides an option for membersÂ andÂ staff to enroll in the DC Small Business ExchangeÂ that is reserved for employers withÂ either 100 or 50 persons or fewer,Â and an option to categorize all taxpayer-funded employees as “non-official” which providesÂ an option to remain in theÂ Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
He also said legislative or administrative corrections from his colleagues would help lift his hold on theÂ nomination.