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Johanns Questions OMB on Approval of $20 Million Health Care Law PR Campaign

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Location: Washington, DC

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today sent a letter along with Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Jeffrey Zients asking why OMB approved a $20 million transfer from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) to pay for a public relations campaign for the President's health care law.

"It appears the President and his senior advisors believe it is acceptable to use the PPHF to fund a public relations campaign, but that it is not appropriate to use the same PPHF to keep student loan interest rates low. If the PPHF is a high priority for President Obama, then using it to keep student loan interest rates down should be more important than a public relations campaign," the Senators wrote.

In their letter, the Senators point out that earlier this year when they tried to pass legislation that would use PPHF funds to offset extending the student loan interest rate reduction for one year, the President's senior advisors recommended the President veto it.


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