Boehner’s office not surprised Obama keeps ‘czars’


In selling this week’s spending cut vote to his members, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touted the fact that he was able to get the White House to agree to a rider defunding four “czars.”

Obama pulled the rug out from under that provision on Friday by issuing a signing statement that said in accordance with the separation of powers he will continue to employ advisers as he sees fit.

Boehner’s office is not surprised Obama found a way to circumvent Congress, according to a staffer.

“It’s not surprising that the White House, having bypassed Congress to empower these ‘Czars’ is objecting to eliminating them,” Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.

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If Congress closes the purse, and the President signs the law, how can a signing statement reopen the purse? Where will the funds come from, Obama’s “stash”?

I don’t care who is in power, czars with the authority and power given to Obama’s should be eliminated, um… not be authorized. If they are used, and indeed are “just advisors”, they should be low paid and have ZERO responsiblilty over directing funds or government organizations. If they are given control over budgets and government organizations, they MUST be confirmed by Congress – you know, like Cabinet members..