Dems move to cut off Cheney’s funding

Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to cut off funding for Vice President Dick Cheney’s office in a continuing battle over whether he must comply with national security disclosure rules.

A Senate appropriations panel chaired by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., refused to fund $4.8 million in the vice president’s budget until Cheney’s office complies with parts of an executive order governing its handling of classified information.

At issue is a requirement that executive branch offices provide data on how much material they classify and declassify. That information is to be provided to the Information Security Oversight Office at The National Archives.

Cheney’s office, with backing from the White House, argues that the offices of the president and vice president are exempt from the order because they are not executive branch “agencies.”

The funding cut came as the appropriations panel approved 5-4 along party lines a measure funding White House operations, the Treasury Department and many smaller agencies.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Cheney’s office was flouting requirements that it comply with the reporting requirements on classified information.

“Neither Mr. Cheney or his staff is above the law or the Constitution,” Durbin said. “For the vice president to believe that he has no responsibility to meet this requirement of the law is a dereliction of duty.”

The tempest originally attracted widespread media attention after Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., charged that Cheney’s office’s had originally argued to the Archives that it did not have to comply with the order because it was not “an entity within the executive branch.”

The vice president is also the president of the Senate, able to vote to break ties and preside over the chamber, though he is not eligible to sponsor legislation or participate in debates.

Cheney’s office, Waxman said, also blocked the archives from doing an onsite inspection of his office to make sure classified information was being properly protected.

Republicans on the Senate panel said Durbin was going overboard in using Congress’ power of the purse to try to force Cheney to conform with the order.

Such a step, said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., would set a terrible precedent in relations between the executive and legislative branches of government, which have historically let each other set their own budgets.

“This is going to further erode any sort of working relationship back and forth,” Brownback said. “This is a patently bad idea.”

The House last month narrowly rejected a comparable attempt by Democrats to cut off funding for Cheney’s office.

On Tuesday, two panel Democrats — moderates Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Ben Nelson of Nebraska — registered discomfort with Durbin’s move, though they backed him when Republicans forced a vote.

Brownback said the executive order does not apply to Cheney’s office because it is not an agency. But Durbin insisted that Cheney’s office is explicitly covered because the order applies to “any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information.”


  1. Carl Nemo

    I’ve been studying the photo associated with this article and I’ve come to the conclusion that Cheney is a man that’s peeved with the prospect that he has to smell his own farts… :)) 13th Octave arrogance at it’s best, for sure…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. gene

    Well I have to say this is definitely my favorite article so far. Other than looking at this arrogant bastards face (which makes me physically ill) reading about cutting funding for “his office” truely lightens my heart. I get all kind of “warm fussies”, hell its better than a good stiff drink.

    Personally cutting his head off would be right up their with my first orgasum (please excuse the crudeness).

    Now I’ll just set back and watch/read while the rest of you rape this guy with your comments, should be a fun day.

  3. LurkingFromTheLeft

    I still think…

    …he stole this fourth branch concept from Taco Bell’s fourth meal of the day campaign –

    …maybe if we can get him to eat enough things that are bad for his heart, this funding issue will be a mute point –

    …I’m with you Gene – this is gonna be a fun one to follow today –

    …get comfy – may I freshen your drink for you? –


  4. mojibyrd

    Now time to castrate…

    Forget about just taking away this pigs cash trough as he has plenty of money he stole from the public, how about we castrate him and send the pig out to pasture for retirement.

    Impeach Bush Now

  5. Carl Nemo

    It will be interesting to see if they can smoke “King Rat” out his hole.:)) Knowing Cheney he’ll probably have some of his deep-pockets shadowy patrons fund his office while he continues to play rogue-rat V.P. in isolation til the end of his term. The next step must be summary impeachment!

    Nemo **==

  6. bryan mcclellan

    Brownback must be dicks brokeback buddy. My god what a horrible picture.Now I have to wash my mind with soap.Why don’t we as tax payers cut them all off? This is going to sound crazy but it’s our right to go the tax exempt route with all wages we receive.We are perfectly within our rights to direct our employer to stop all federal and state deductions ,thereby making us private contractors.We are still required to pay in April but all year long we have control of our income ,not the government. The forms are simple and it is a guaranteed right.Your employer cannot refuse this request,in fact it will save his accounting office lots of time and money.What better way to send the message that we are fed up with the fed and that WE are the ones in control of the purse strings…Hey Gene,I think we would have extreme difficulty finding someone with the stomach to take a knife or hatchet to that puss filled bag of crap.Can you imagine the stench?

  7. gene

    Thanks (bryan) I just came back after eating a (sandwich) to pick up the comments on this article. I read your last few sentences and now “that sandwich” I just ate is on my dam FLOOR!!

  8. Jeffers

    Perhaps I am missing something, but isn’t an executive order one that the president makes for his branch to follow?

    If the Vice President isn’t following it, isn’t it up to the President and the executive branch to decide if this is a problem?

    Most executive orders are not considered “laws” not mentioned in the constitution. So, it is difficult to frame this as placing himself above the law or the constitution.

    Perhaps Congress should butt out.


    Peace without freedom is still slavery.

  9. andrew

    (stomps his feet with glee) I love it! Even if it’s the only step that this Congress takes with the Dickhead, I still love it!

    Wow could it be that Congress is starting to grow a pair underneath the tutu’s and tights?

    Next we need to go after Helliburpin(sorry Halliburtin). Dick has sucked at their corporate teat long enough and they are rotten to the core corrupt anyway.

    Arrest, Indict, Impeach.