US Department of Energy broke law with ACA repeal tweet, watchdog says

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency, said the U.S. Department of Energy violated federal law when the department's official Twitter account shared a column calling for the repeal of the ACA, ABC News reports.

The Energy Department on July 25 shared a column published the same day written by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. His op-ed criticized the ACA, writing: "It has never been enough to repeal Obamacare. Repeal is obvious, because its failure is obvious."

The department's tweet was deleted later that same day, but the department acknowledged its existence, the report states.

In a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J, the GAO said the department stepped outside its congressionally mandated jurisdiction and violated federal law by tweeting Mr. Perry's column.

"Energy did not show that its appropriation is available for the purpose of informing the public about healthcare legislation," the GAO concluded, according to ABC News.

The Energy Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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