Obama Signs Budget, And Signing Statement Disregarding Section On Czars

by William Teach | April 16, 2011 7:55 am

Elections have consequences, but, apparently only when His Royal Majesty Barack H. Obama is elected. Jake Tapper reports[1]

In a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill – and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.

Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP “riders,” or policy provisions attached to the bill.

One rider – Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser positions – or “czars.” The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.

“The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority,” he wrote. “The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Jake further goes on to quote Obama, when he was against signing statements, said they were unconstitutional, and wouldn’t use them himself. But, every Obama promise has an expiration date (he has used them multiple times before, as well), and how would Obama operate and get around the Legislative branch without his unelected Czars who have no responsibility to report to Congressional oversight?

Gateway Pundit[2] has video of Obama’s previous statements. Unshockingly, Alan Colmes[3] simply reports this issue, without comment. He would have been apoplectic had Bush done the same thing.

Others: The Moderate Voice[4], Hot Air[5], Althouse[6], Weasel Zippers[7]

  1. Jake Tapper reports: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/156439-obama-signs-bill-to-keep-government-open-disregards-limit-on-czars
  2. Gateway Pundit: http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/04/king-barack-issues-signing-statement-i-can-do-what-i-want-with-my-czars/
  3. Alan Colmes: http://www.alan.com/2011/04/15/in-budget-signing-statement-president-says-he-wont-abide-by-anti-czar-provision/
  4. The Moderate Voice: http://themoderatevoice.com/106841/obama-issues-signing-statement-on-defunding-of-czars/
  5. Hot Air: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/04/15/wow-obama-issues-signing-statement-rejecting-budget-cuts-to-white-house-czars/
  6. Althouse: http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/obama-issues-signing-statement-saying.html
  7. Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/2011/04/15/obama-signs-spending-bill-disregards-part-defunding-his-czars-using-presidential-declaration/

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