Last week’s intense negotiations over budget cuts, policy provisions, aka “riders”, and the actual size of what is left of the FY2011 budget, seemed to be never ending. But, after finally reaching a compromise, passing, and signing the budget bill, President Obama has released a statement taking issue with some key provisions in the measure.
In a report released by ABC News, President Obama released a statement Friday night revealing he took issue with some of the provisions in the budget bill that was passed this past week, in particular, Section 2262.
Section 2262 defunds certain White House advisors. appointed by the president, also known to as czars. In the statement President Obama says,
The executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these Presidential prerogatives.
Or as ABC News put it, “we know what you wanted that provision to do, but we don’t think it’s constitutional, so we will interpret it differently than the way you meant it.”
However, back during Obama’s 2008 campaign, he publicly criticized the Bush administration for very similar actions.
Is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation.
-Obama told the Boston Globe in 2007
The then presidential nominee even stated that he would “not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.” Which happens to be exactly what President Obama is currently saying that he will do.
Other provisions being opposed by the president include a rider that bans the use of federal funds when transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to foreign countries without meeting certain conditions, and another prohibiting the prosecution of Gitmo detainees from being prosecuted in criminal court by the Obama administration. ABC News reports that the president says he will work with congress to repeal these specific provisions.
The way I see it, they’ve already negotiated the terms of this bill, therefore congress has no reason to negotiate any further. In any case, it doesn’t sound like Obama really cares what is agreed upon, he believes he can interpret provisions as he desires. I guess Mick Jagger was wrong, you can always get what you want, you just have to be a deceitful hypocrite in the process.