Kathleen Sebelius to testify on Obamacare
By: Politico Staff
October 21, 2013 01:22 PM EDT
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius intends to testify before a congressional committee as early as next week on Obamacare implementation, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.
“We are in close communication with the [House Committee on Energy and Commerce] and have expressed our desire to be responsive to their request,” spokeswoman Joanne Peters told POLITICO. “We fully intend for the secretary and other HHS officials to testify before Congress as early as next week, as they have numerous times in the past, but nothing is confirmed at this time. We have always indicated to the committee that she intended to testify but that she had a scheduling conflict. We continue to work with them to find a mutually agreeable date in the near future.”
The announcement comes after days of rebukes from Republicans who accused Sebelius of spurning Hill Republicans, who had asked her to testify this Thursday at the first hearing on the Obamacare website rollout. But administration officials have previously pointed out that the secretary had a scheduling conflict that day, with out-of-town travel planned.