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Sen. David Vitter to Continue Hold on OPM Director Nomination

CongressSen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) David Vitter will continue his block of the nomination of Beth Cobert as director of the Office of Personnel Management on a full-time basis.

Vitter told lawmakers in a letter posted Wednesday that his hold on Cobert — who currently serves as OPM acting director — remains in place due to concerns regarding the health care of Congress members and their respective staffs under Obamacare.

Vitter claims that the lack of a special provision in the amendment regarding contributions from federal government and its employees was illegal.

Vitter noted that the rule provides an option for members and staff to enroll in the DC Small Business Exchange that is reserved for employers with either 100 or 50 persons or fewer, and an option to categorize all taxpayer-funded employees as “non-official” which provides an option to remain in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

He also said legislative or administrative corrections from his colleagues would help lift his hold on the nomination.

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