Obamacare Measure Could Thwart Senate Energy-Efficiency Bill

Sen. David Vitter is reviving an effort to eliminate a policy that exempts federal workers from enrolling in Obamacare in a move that could stop an energy-efficiency bill from being approved.

The Louisiana Republican has sought to end an Obama administration change to the Affordable Care Act that would allow Capitol Hill employees to keep their current benefits rather than go to the federal exchanges. He is going at it again after attempting to force a vote last year as an amendment to energy-efficiency legislation, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pull the bill.

“I think the [Office of Personnel and Management] rule is flat-out contrary to law, and I think we should actually follow the law. It’s pretty simple,” Vitter told reporters in the Capitol. “I’m going to try to advance it in any way that I can.”

Vitter’s Obamacare amendment threw similar legislation from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, off track in September 2013. The pair of senators have tried for more than three years to get their bill passed.