Yet Another Obama Broken Promise: Sunlight Before Signing

by Sal on February 4, 2009

in Politics

Obama had promised something called “Sunlight Before Signing.“  This promise would require any new bills to be published in-full on the website for a full five days before signing.

Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.

The promise was broken last week when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and again today when he signed the SCHIP legislation.  The Obama team says that they have not yet implemented the policy, but will soon.

The executive order Obama signed includes a waiver clause. The executive order says a waiver may be granted if “the literal application of the restriction is inconsistent with the purposes of the restriction” or “it is in the public interest … . The public interest shall include, but not be limited to, exigent circumstances relating to national security or to the economy.”

Ok, so it means that they will post it up unless they don’t want to.  Good stuff.

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Southern Girl February 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

they’ll (Obama’s team) implement the policy when it is convenient to them…who cares what the “ordinary people” think. They’re too ignorant to know what is best for them and best for their country.


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