Obama signing statement weakens “whistle-blower” protections | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Obama signing statement weakens “whistle-blower” protections

When he signed into law a $410 billion omnibus spending bill on March 10, President Barack Obama included a "signing statement" weakening a rider in the bill that would have given protection to government officials who turn over information to Congress.

As a candidate for the presidency, Obama campaigned in favor of broad protection for federal whistle-blowers and against the sort of presidential signing statements that, under the Bush administration, had eviscerated the intent of congressional legislation.

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