Forty-six congressional Democrats will send a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday afternoon, asking him what he is doing to ensure that President Bush follows Congress’s ban on establishing permanent military bases in Iraq. The Story
The Signing Statement –
Today, I have signed into law H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. The Act authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, for military construction, and for national security-related energy programs.
Provisions of the Act, including sections 841, 846, 1079, and 1222, purport to impose requirements that could inhibit the President’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, to protect national security, to supervise the executive branch, and to execute his authority as Commander in Chief. The executive branch shall construe such provisions in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 28, 2008.
The Bill is H.R. 4986.
The Sections in question are titled as follows.
841 – Subtitle D—Accountability in Contracting
846 – Protect for Contractor Employees from Reprisal for Disclosure of Certain Information (whistle blowers)
1079 – Communications with the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate
and the House of Representatives.
1222 – Limitation on availability of funds for certain purposes relating to Iraq. (building bases or control oil resources in Iraq.