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Dems Threaten To Defund Vice Presidency

From The Hill:

Senators Charles Schumer D-NY, Harry Reid D-NV and Richard Durbin D-IL

Secrecy may cost Cheney, Dems warn

By By Elana Schor and Mike Soraghan

June 26, 2007

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday warned Dick Cheney that his office would risk losing its budget unless the vice president agrees to follow a presidential directive ordering the protection of classified information.

Durbin chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government, which writes the executive-branch spending bill that funds the vice president’s budget.

Durbin’s warning came as Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), No. 3 in Democratic leadership, said that he would “seriously consider” joining House counterparts in seeking to yank funding for Cheney’s office after the vice president contended that his office is a hybrid entity that is neither legislative nor executive.

“The decision to exempt your office from this system for protecting classified information is deeply troubling because it could place national security secrets at risk,” Durbin wrote to Cheney yesterday. Durbin did not specify how appropriators would hit Cheney’s funding.

Durbin’s subcommittee is slated to mark up its spending bill just after July 4th recess. The House will take up its version of the bill this week, and Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) is vowing a floor push to strike all $4.4 million of the vice president’s budget.

Durbin called on Cheney to avert the funds cut by immediately adhering to the 1995 executive order at issue. That directive refers to executive “agencies,” a designation that both Cheney and President Bush believe does not apply to the vice president…

This is simply insane. How can a government function like this?

The Democrats are simply “wreckers.” They are far worse than the Copperheads ever were.

They simply want to destroy the Republican party any way they can. And if it means destroying the country as well, so be it.

In fact that’s an added benefit to their minds. 

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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