Another one bites the dust

Politico points out Obama’s new 5 second day rule:

Obama appears poised to break his campaign pledge to give the public five days to review a bill before he signs it.

Obama scheduled a bill signing for 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, even though the House has yet to vote on the legislation expanding a children’s health insurance program. The legislation is expected to win final approval only hours before the president will make it law.

The quick turnaround breaches Obama’s promise to offer “sunlight before signing,” a concept he detailed on the campaign trail and on his website.

“Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them,” the campaign website states. “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 White House issued a statement Wednesday saying Obama was committed to the pledge, and “we will be implementing this policy in full soon.”

You know, just as as soon as the emergency is over. Welcome to the new permanent campaign and emergency administration.

Of course, even an non-emergency bill didn’t get the 5 day treatment:
Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act only two days after it received final passage last week, and it wasn’t posted on the White House website until after it became law.

And we’re not even through month 1 of 48 yet. Hold onto your butts.


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