Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Side noteSunlight not found in signing this lawhttp://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/234/allow-five-days-of-public-comment-before-signing-b/One of President Obama's major campaign planks was making government more open and accountable. It's a reaction to a habit in Congress of rushing bills through the House and Senate without giving people much opportunity to know what the bills would do. Indeed, sometimes members of Congress don't even know what's in the bills.So Obama pledged during the campaign to institute "sunlight before signing.""Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them," Obama's campaign Web site states. "As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."But the first bill Obama signed into law as president -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- got no such vetting.
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