"[B]ringing it up after Members were dismissed for the week was a violation of our trust in you, and more importantly, a violation of the dwindling trust our constituents have in all of us," Barrow wrote to House leaders.
Barrow also called on House leaders to open up to other members the discussions they are reportedly having on ways to mitigate the effect of ObamaCare on members and staff. On Wednesday, Politico reported that these discussions are ongoing, although some reports from Thursday said Congress is waiting for a ruling on whether the federal government would be able to pay the higher premiums facing staffers who would have to buy insurance from insurance exchanges.
"As with the STOCK Act, we may have differences of opinion about the validity of this policy, but we’ve all spent the last three years confirming the existence of this requirement to our constituents," he wrote. "We strongly urge you to bring some transparency to this conversation and give us a chance to weigh in on any proposed revisions."
The letter was sent to House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Chamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary MORE (R-Va.), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).