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House Plans Vote On Security Requirements For Health Insurance Exchanges

In what will likely be the GOP's first effort in 2014 to undercut the health law, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Thursday he plans to bring up the measure next week.

Politico: Eric Cantor Plans Vote On Obamacare
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that he plans to schedule a vote next week on a measure placing more security requirements on the new Obamacare insurance exchanges. He said he’ll draw from legislation that's been introduced by Reps. Diane Black of Tennessee, Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan and Gus Bilirakis of Florida (Cunningham, 1/2). 

Roll Call: House Will Vote On Obamacare Security Bill Next Week
House Republicans will kick off the second session of the 113th Congress next week by voting on another bill to undercut the president's health care law. In a memo sent to Republican colleagues on Thursday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced that the chamber would take up a measure next week to "strengthen security requirements" on the error-plagued website and "require prompt notification in the event of a breach involving personal information" (Dumain, 1/2).

CBS News: Obamacare Reform Tops House GOP's Post-Holiday Agenda
Republicans appear ready this year to focus on Obamacare’s shortcomings, and ways to patch over them, rather than make more attempts to repeal the law. A month ago, when asked whether the House would vote on an Obamacare alternative in 2014, all House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had to say was, "We'll see." Later in the month, Boehner made clear he wasn't interested anymore in listening to conservative groups that convinced the GOP to shut down the government over Obamacare. "They've lost all credibility," he said, getting clearly angry. Outside groups opposed to Obamacare, however, are still waging an aggressive campaign against the law that conservatives hope will pay off in November’s midterm elections (Condon, 1/3).

CNN: GOP-Led House Will Kick Off 2014 Like It Spent Most Of 2013
The GOP-led House of Representatives will kick off 2014 – a midterm election year – addressing an issue it spent much of last year debating: Obamacare. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website, (Walsh, 1/2).

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