The ink isn’t dry on the controversial 2011 spending bill but President Barack Obama is already showing signs he will ignore the parts of the law if he wants and he wants to ignore the part that bans his contentious “czars.”
Republicans managed to put language in the bill that cut the salaries of four “czars” that advise the President on health care, climate change, auto manufacturing and urban affairs.
Obama issued a signing statement Friday that says, in effect, “hell no, the czars won’t go.”
“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,” the statement said.
“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. Therefore, the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these presidential prerogatives.”
Republicans thought they had a victory with the anti-czar addition to the spending bill.
Obama tells the GOP they can take their language and shove it.
What Obama is doing is not new. George W. Bush often used signing statements to circumvent Congress.