Novices to the capital might think it's as easy as getting elected. But, despite the 2016 election, throwing out the Democrats, getting the bureaucracy on-board is quite difficult.
At the DOJ, employees are resisting implementing the recent Supreme Court decision mandating accommodation for religious objections to parts of the ACA (Obamacare, to the rest of us).
The DOJ lawyers are using the time period permitted for a rules change to slow-walk the procedure.
So, here's the situation:
- The Supreme Court has ruled in the religious community's favor
- HHS wrote a draft of a rule that would accommodate them
- The OMB (Office of Management and Budget) has to review the rule. From the article, it would seem that they have taken no action on the matter.
- Action is stalled at this point.
- DOJ lawyers have asked for, and gotten, extensions from the 10th Circuit. That is both costly and time-consuming for the plaintiffs.
Why insubordination? That's one of the few charges you can bring against a protected employee that can lead to dismissal - firing, in other words. They won't want that charge on the record.