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GOP lawmakers seek GAO probe of Sebelius’ fundraising efforts
Modern Healthcare

Pressure continued to mount on the Obama administration Thursday as Republican leaders in the House and Senate asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ fundraising efforts for a private organization to help implement the healthcare reform law.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education Chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), along with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking members on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Senate Finance committees, respectively, sent a letter to Comptroller Gene Dodaro at the GAO asking Dodaro’s office to examine Sebelius’ efforts to solicit funds for Enroll America, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to help Americans learn about, enroll in and retain healthcare coverage. Last weekend, Alexander released a statement saying Sebelius may be violating the Antideficiency Act, a federal law that prohibits departments from entering into contracts or accepting voluntary services that exceed what Congress has appropriated.