Defense & National Security

White House in violation of transparency law

White House in violation of transparency law

One month ago exactly, President Barack Obama signed a law requiring the administration’s Office of Management and Budget to issue a report defining exactly what cuts the massive and mysterious $1 trillion sequestration package would take to defense and other domestic programs.

But it appears following that law to the letter wasn’t on the agenda.

The 30-day deadline for that report came and went without answer Thursday, and Friday White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the report would be out late next week, according to afternoon pool reports.

Though defense leaders have called this doomsday mechanism of cuts “devastating” if they are allowed to go into effect on the first of next year, Democrats made clear they aren’t taking the threat seriously when they issued their platform earlier this week. In it, they describe  the cuts that were initially intended as an ultimatum as one of several “tough budgetary decisions” that “must” be made.

Missing these kinds of deadlines is nothing new for the Obama administration, though. Here’s a look from the Washington Times at some of the other budget deadlines the administration has ignored.

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  • reddarin

    ‘Late next week’?

    He means a late night Friday document dump like this Administration has been doing non-stop for 3 years.

  • endpork

    HO- HUM…
    Nothing to see here. Over the last year with all the lack of transparency issues and all of the Nazi, killing babies, and other STUFF brought out NOTHING WILL HAPPEN ABOUT THIS. No one will focus long enough about this to make it what it should be. No one in the Republican party will question this after today and after the weekend no one will talk about it.
    The Dems would practically set themselves on fire if a REPUBLICAN did this in protest and the media will talk about it for the next two weeks but the Republican party will do next to nothing… ONLY to have something else come up again next week just like something has come up almost every week this year that the Dems have done wrong and no one talks those anymore. Look at this year alone and ask yourself what has been said or done and if anything was ever done about it.
    If any of you are sick of these things, do something active.. complaining here DOES NOTHING.
    Yes- I said it again. The Democrat party and the MSM count on you doing nothing AGAIN.

  • WessOA

    I don’t want it and I hope it is not the case but something tells me America has become so stupid we will be reading about these type of stories for the next 4 years. People have a fevah for despotism. So very pathetic, insulting and sad to be constantly looked in the eye and lied to.

  • jsmithcsa

    Sorry, the new rules are that Obama decides what laws he will follow, and thus what is legal and illegal.

  • danclamage

    McConnell was laboring under the misconception that Democrats want to avoid deep, across the board cuts to DOD. Destroying our military is precisely what Obama and his cadre of Communists wish to achieve.

  • endpork

    Yeah but McConnell needs to be out of leadership roles. He is a RINO who reaches over to the left too often for their spending ideas.