Yet Another Bill Not Given the 5-Day Comment Period


Yet again, the President signed a bill without providing for the 5 day public comment period he has promised in his campaign for office and since assuming the presidency. Today, the House approved the Senate version of legislation expanding the children’s health program S-CHIP and President Obama signed it hours later. The White House blog linked posted a comment form on Sunday, three days ago. The CQ Politics Balance of Power blog carries a statement from the White House about the failure to follow through on their promise:

“During the campaign, the President committed to introducing more sunlight into the lawmaking process by posting non-emergency legislation online for five days before signing it. The President remains committed to bringing more transparency to government, and in this spirit the White House has posted legislation expected to come to the President’s desk online for comment.”

“We will be implementing this policy in full soon; currently we are working through implementation procedures and some initial issues with the congressional calendar. In the meantime, we will continue to post legislation on our website for comment as it moves through Congress over the next few weeks.”