Bush defies Congress and the American Peoples, Again


Senior Member
Nov 30, 2003
North Missisippi
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 watchlists.

In the law 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 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."

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said it's appropriate for the administration to know what reports go to Congress and to review them beforehand.



It’s because he says so. Right doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Its a separation of powers issue. The department of Home Land Security and administrative agency and all such agencies are under the control of the executive branch. To claim Congress can tell the President he has no ability to know what is being sent to Congress is absurd. The department is executive not legislative.

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