President Barack Obama has promised a new era of openness, accountability and transparency in government. Obama has also said he’s committed to protecting government whistle-blowers and criticized the Bush administration’s use of presidential “signing statements” to instruct agencies how they should enforce laws passed by Congress.
So it’s probably understandable that Obama is taking some heat now for adding a signing statement to the recent government spending bill, especially since it affects how the government might deal with internal watchdogs who try to go public.
The New York Times has the story:
WASHINGTON â€” 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.