(Politico) — House Republicans are striking back after the Obama administration rebuffed an earlier GOP effort to strip funding for so-called White House policy czars.
Republicans have included language in the fiscal 2012 financial services spending bill to slash the salaries for four senior White House advisory positions, a House Democratic aide told POLITICO.
The four jobs targeted by the ban: senior advisers on health reform, energy and climate change, autos and manufacturing, and urban affairs.
The spending bill language is expected to be released Wednesday and marked up Thursday in the Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
I’m not getting too excited, the last time the GOP did this Obama issued a signing statement and ignored the ban. You know, because the rules don’t apply to him.
President Obama signed into law on Friday the hard-fought legislation to fund government and keep it running through the end of September. . . . But Obama took the key step of issuing a signing statement, a declaration of constitutional interpretation by a president of legislation he or she might sign into law. It essentially notified lawmakers that he would not abide by the section of the law defunding the establishment of so-called “czars.”
Obama has employed a good number of these informal policy advisers who aren’t subject to Senate confirmation, drawing the ire of congressional Republicans and prompting them to include in their spending bill a provision barring the use of federal funds for czars.