Make President Obama Keep His Campaign Promises
As reported in our earlier story on Speaker Pelosi where she broke her promise to allow the House of Representatives and the Senate to review the “Stimulus Bill” for 48 hours before voting on it, President Obama also made a promise regarding the public viewing of bills for 5 days before he signs the bill. This campaign promise was referred to on his campaign website as Sunlight 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 final “Stimulus Bill” was not finalized and made available until Thursday night at 11:00PM. That means the earliest that President Obama can sign this bill is 11:00PM Tuesday night. Realistically for reasonable people we would assume that this bill was for practical purposes made available Friday and can be signed on Wednesday to adhere to President Obama’s campaign pledge.
Also from the quote above, he states that the bill will be made available on the White House website. I just completed a search on the http://whitehouse.gov website and could not find the text of the bill. If someone reading this finds the text of the bill on the White House website, please place the link in the comments section of this post.
In addition to the 5 day viewing promise, President Obama also campaigned on a promise to get rid of all earmarks and pork barrel spending. Again from his campaign website under the issues and ethics section is the following text:
Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama’s Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.
Unfortunately the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” is full of earmarks and pork barrel spending. Trying to confront the Obama Administration regarding the massive amount of this type of spending will come down to a definition of what is, is as President Obama claimed at his Press Conference this week that “there is not a single earmark in the Stimulus Bill.”
Beyond what President Obama had on his campaign website, he also said the following while on the campaign trail:
About 25 seconds into the YouTube video he begins to speak about shedding “Sun Light” on the legislative process. With all these broken campaign promises, it seems it is time to hold our President accountable. Please join me in contacting the White House comment line and asking them why President Obama is already breaking his campaign promises on one of the most important issues he ran on, i.e., transparency in government.
To Contact the White House Call 202-456-1111
President Obama will be breaking his “sunlight before signing” pledge once again when he signs the “Omnibus Bill” before allowing the public to look at it and comment on it for 5 days. Please call the number listed above and ask the White House why they keep breaking this campaign promise. I’ve contacted them twice: once after the stimulus package passed and again today. It does make a difference. If just 500 people call the number listed above and insist that he keep this campaign promise, it will make a difference. Please call today!