President Bush, again defying Congress

  1. Bush says he can edit privacy-obeying report

    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 watch lists.
    In the law Mr. 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 Mr. 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." ...
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/natio...4615-6542r.htm
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    Bush cites authority to bypass FEMA law

    Signing statement is employed again

    By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | October 6, 2006
    ...Bush signed the homeland-security bill on Wednesday morning. Then, hours later, he issued a signing statement saying he could ignore the new restrictions. Bush maintains that under his interpretation of the Constitution, the FEMA provision interfered with his power to make personnel decisions....
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...pass_fema_law/
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  3. by   indigo girl
    Quote from spacenurse
    Bush says he can edit privacy-obeying report

    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 watch lists.
    In the law Mr. 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 Mr. 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." ...
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/natio...4615-6542r.htm
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    Bush cites authority to bypass FEMA law

    Signing statement is employed again

    By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | October 6, 2006
    ...Bush signed the homeland-security bill on Wednesday morning. Then, hours later, he issued a signing statement saying he could ignore the new restrictions. Bush maintains that under his interpretation of the Constitution, the FEMA provision interfered with his power to make personnel decisions....
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...pass_fema_law/
    www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/10/06/bush_cites_authority_to_bypass_fema_law/]
    To shield FEMA from cronyism, Congress established new job qualifications for the agency's director in last week's homeland security bill. The law says the president must nominate a candidate who has ``a demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency management" and ``not less than five years of executive leadership.
    www.washingtontimes.com/national/20061005-114615-6542r_page2.]
    Mr. Bush, for example, said he would disregard a requirement that the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency must have at least five years experience and "demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency management and homeland security." ?His rationale was that it "rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office."

    Wait one, does this make you wonder about the qualifications of how any other people were appointed to FEMA?
    What was that guys name, you know the one, the FEMA director down in New Orleans??****
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Bush does what he wants, when he wants, to whom he wants, and the devil take the consequences. That's the way it's been for six years, and will undoubtedly be so for another two.........so this latest example of defiance is supposed to shock us HOW?

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