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Obama says he's not bound by Guantanamo, gun-control provisions

By Erik Wasson 12/23/11 04:19 PM ET

President Obama said Friday he will not be bound by at least 20 policy riders in the 2012 omnibus funding the government, including provisions pertaining to Guantanamo Bay and gun control.

After he signed the omnibus into law Friday, the White House released a concurrent signing statement saying Obama will object to portions of the legislation on constitutional grounds. 

Signing statements are highly controversial, and their legality is disputed.

"I have advised the Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress's consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient," Obama said in a statement as he signed the bill into law.

The signing statement says that on the issue of accused terrorist detainees, Obama will interpret and apply provisions that bar the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "in a manner that avoids constitutional conflicts."

Obama also objected to Defense provisions in the bill that limit the president's ability to put troops under foreign command and require 30 days advance notice to Congress for any use of the military which would involve more than $100,000 in construction costs.

The president also objected to a section aimed at blocking health, climate, auto policy and urban affairs "czars" from being employed by the White House and a provision that bars health officials from advocating for gun control. The signing statement also objects to a portion of the omnibus that limits funding for the Copyright Office. 

The statement also objects to numerous unnamed provisions in the bill that would require executive branch officials to clear everyday spending decisions with appropriators.

Of these extra conditions, Obama writes, "our spending decisions shall not be treated as dependent on the approval of congressional committees."

Obama also objected to 13 sections of the State department bill, arguing they limit his ability to conduct foreign policy. In particular he objected provisions that withhold funding from Middle East allies unless the administration reveals details on ongoing negotiations to Congress.

The 1,200-page omnibus funds all parts of the federal government except for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the science agencies. Those were funded by a smaller bill that passed Congress in November.

The signing of the spending bill caps a year of contentious spending battles that saw a near-government shutdown in April and a debt-rating downgrade in August as the U.S. nearly defaulted on its obligations when Congress threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.

That debt-ceiling debacle resulted in an agreement on spending caps that greatly smoothed passage of the omnibus. 

The bill was not without incident, however, and last week the White House and the GOP had a mini-standoff about policy riders in the bill. The White House was able to get a ban on family travel to Cuba removed but did not get extra funding for Wall Street reform that it had been seeking. 

The White House also gave up on a provision in the bill blocking District of Columbia-funded abortions.

Comments (61)

Why would the Bamster be obliged to adhere to the separation of powers. We thinks he can wreck the economy and country without limits. No surprise hereBY KEN on 12/23/2011 at 16:32
Obama needs to know that we are sick of him behaving like a dictator. To ALL in congress. We do not live in a dictatorship where Obama gets to write which rukes he will implement or defend from congress.
Obama will be smart to wise up. In the meantime Obamas illegal uncle will be blaming the police for his arrest. Blame someone else. It's an Obama trait.

BY MARY on 12/23/2011 at 16:38
2012 and your sorry azz is back in chicago with the rest of the trash!BY PAUL on 12/23/2011 at 16:39
No surprises there. He is the dictator of the USSA.BY TRACYW on 12/23/2011 at 16:39
Obama is a Hamas and Hezbolla supporter. As he makes rules to not insult Muslims, Christians and Israelis are mocked. 

BY PATTY on 12/23/2011 at 16:44
Government of Obama, by Obama, and for Obama. He is not a great president, nor a lawyer who respects the rule of law. It is the style of leadership you expect from a third world thug.BY GRAHAM on 12/23/2011 at 16:46
Welcome Dictatorship, America. A clear message from King Barry the Only.BY PETE WENZEL, ESQ on 12/23/2011 at 16:46
If Obama will not follow rules we are now a lawless nation. Community organizers make terrible presidents. Caos and anarchy are the Obama way. Getting the feeling all those Fema camps are there when Obama tries to get the people to rise up against him. Stay calm. Agitation is all part of Obamas game.BY THERESA on 12/23/2011 at 16:48
So in other words the only part of the Bill the Community Agitator likes is the spending part? No news there! What a sorry lazy (his words) no good for nothing liar.BY COME ON 2012 on 12/23/2011 at 16:48
With all this the REPUBLICANS are still to cowardly to call for his impeachment.BY PLAINOLAMRICAN on 12/23/2011 at 16:54

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