Friday, July 10, 2009

House Rejects Obama Signing Statement

I'm glad that the House did this. I just wish they had some backbone and did the same with some of the more egregious Bush signing statements, namely ignoring a provision banning the torture of terror detainees.

The House rebuked President Obama for trying to ignore restrictions to international aid payments, voting overwhelmingly for an amendment forcing the administration to abide by its constraints.
House members approved an amendment by a 429-2 vote to have the Obama administration pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require a Treasury Department report on World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) activities. The amendment to a 2010 funding bill for the State Department and foreign operations was proposed by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), but it received broad bipartisan support.

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