Rep. Lacy Clay Rips Into Cheney: Cut Off His Funding

1 de julio de 2007

July 1, 2007 (LPAC)--Cong. Lacy Clay spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 28, in support of Rep. Rahm Emanuel's amendment to cut off funding of the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, which was ultimately defeated by a vote of 217-209. In his capacity as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives), encharged with dealing with classified documents, Clay said:

"Executive Order 12958 requires the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) establish a uniform system to protect classified national security information throughout the executive branch. In 2004, the Office of the Vice President refused to submit to an on-site inspection. In doing so, it made the astonishing claim that it was not an executive branch entity and therefore not covered by the executive order...Congress should not tolerate this effort by the Vice President to exempt his office from oversight...The Vice President is making a mockery of the law and our system of checks and balances. If the Office of the Vice President insists upon defining itself as not being an executive branch entity, then clearly it should not be funded like one."

In an e-mail message containing excerpts of his remarks on the floor of the House, Clay noted: "Mr. Cheney has shown contempt for the constitution and a complete lack of respect for Congress. He should know that no one, not even the Vice President, is above the law."