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Obama Undercuts Whistle-Blowers, Senator [Grassley] Says
New York Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | Charlie Savage

Posted on 03/17/2009 9:26:16 PM PDT by Lorianne

A leading Republican senator maintains that President Obama is violating a campaign promise with his claim that he can bypass whistle-blower protections for executive branch officials who give certain information to Congress.

The lawmaker, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R)of Iowa, sent a letter to Mr. Obama on Friday that condemned a signing statement the president attached to the $410 billion catchall spending bill he signed into law last week.

A signing statement, occasionally issued by presidents upon their signing a bill, is a document that instructs executive branch officials on how to carry out the new law. In this statement, Mr. Obama flagged a provision that protects officials who give information to Congress about their jobs or agencies. He said the statute could not limit his power to control the flow of certain information to lawmakers.

“I do not interpret this provision,” he wrote, “to detract from my authority to direct the heads of executive departments to supervise, control and correct employees’ communications with the Congress in cases where such communications would be unlawful or would reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential.”

In his letter, Mr. Grassley called Mr. Obama’s statement “overly broad” and said it would “undoubtedly chill whistle-blowers who might otherwise come forward to report waste, fraud or abuse to Congress.” He asked Mr. Obama to enforce and obey the statute fully.

“This is a shocking statement that acknowledges that you would be willing to give an order preventing employee whistle-blowers from making disclosures to Congress,” he wrote. “I do not see how this statement can be reconciled with your campaign promise to protect whistle-blowers. In fact, it is even more egregious than simply breaking a promise, because it actually restricts current and previously existing whistle-blower protections.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; grassley; whistleblowers

1 posted on 03/17/2009 9:26:16 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

From the NYT? Wow.


2 posted on 03/17/2009 9:28:34 PM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: Lorianne
Did Grassley call for Obama to commit suicide?
3 posted on 03/17/2009 9:28:34 PM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm not calling in sick; I'm calling in gone!)
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To: Lorianne

Won’t be the first campaign promise obozo’s broken. Just one of many he’ll break.


4 posted on 03/17/2009 9:31:10 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: upchuck

I know. It’s starting to seem like a feeding frenzy


5 posted on 03/17/2009 9:38:28 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

It’s kind of funny how people were attacking Senator Grassley for attacking AIG execs earlier and blaming him for giving them the bailout. EVEN THOUGH GRASSLEY VOTED AGAINST THEM.


6 posted on 03/17/2009 9:42:00 PM PDT by Tempest (There's a storm coming...)
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To: lilylangtree

Remember The Old Chinese Proverb:

DO NOT BELIEVE THE PROMISES OF LIARS!

Gosh, America sure screwed up on November 4, 2008!
That Day Now Will Go Down in Infamy:-(


7 posted on 03/17/2009 9:47:33 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (GOD BLESS AMERICA and Our Great President George W. Bush)
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To: Patrick1

Hey if he’d done that we’d all be standing up for Chuck.


8 posted on 03/17/2009 9:59:12 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Lorianne
Grassley seems to be in the news a lot lately.

I enjoyed watching him pin Bernanke the other day on CSPAN when he got Ben to admit Obama's employment and GDP projections were rosier than the Feds.

9 posted on 03/17/2009 10:47:43 PM PDT by what's up
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