More Laws to be Ignored by Emperor George
Aren't you getting a little sick of this? I know you Bush supporters are only too glad to let your representatives pass laws only to have them ignored. Here's 3 dozen more, but I guess that means President Bush groupies can sleep safer tonight knowing Daddy is in charge. If they want to be treated like this I wish they'd just join the Congressional pages and bend over.
AP - President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to
edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys
privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including
complaints. But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's
2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section "in a manner
consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise
the unitary executive branch."
. . The American Bar Association and members of Congress have said
Bush uses signing statements excessively as a way to expand his power.
The Senate held hearings on the issue in June. At the time, 110
statements challenged about 750 statutes passed by Congress, according
to numbers combined from the White House and the Senate committee. They
include documents revising or disregarding parts of legislation to ban
torture of detainees and to renew the Patriot Act. Privacy advocate Marc
Rotenberg said Bush is trying to subvert lawmakers' ability to
accurately monitor activities of the executive branch of government.
BOSTON GLOBE - Bush's signing statement challenged at least three-dozen
laws specified in the bill. Among those he targeted is a provision that
empowers the FEMA director to tell Congress about the nation's emergency
management needs without White House permission. This law, Bush said,
"purports . . . to limit supervision of an executive branch official in
the provision of advice to the Congress." Despite the law, he said, the
FEMA director would be required to get clearance from the White House
before telling lawmakers anything.