Obama just violated the Constitution AGAIN.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the separation of powers prevents the president from incurring additional debt not written into law by congress. By directing his appointees (Hagel/DoD/OMB) to deal with PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS and obligate the US government to pay for something, without the approval of congress, Obama has violated the Constitution. Again.
The house did pass a bill to address the problem, but the senate, lead by Harry Reid, may not even take up the measure. Which means no law has been passed authorizing the debt to Fisher House.
Is ANYONE in the ‘mainstream’ press going to say anything about this? Don’t hold your breath.
“The president was very disturbed to learn of this problem, and he (Obama) directed the Department of Defense to work with the Office of Management and Budget and his lawyers to develop a possible solution, and he expects this to be fixed today,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon struck a deal with a private charity to ensure families of fallen troops are paid the survivor benefits, which include a $100,000 payment made within days of the death, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
The government will reimburse the Maryland-based Fisher House Foundation once the shutdown is over, Hagel said in a written statement.
The announcement came just after the U.S. House voted unanimously to resume paying survivor benefits.
It was unclear whether the U.S. Senate would take up the bill, given that a legislative fix may now not be necessary.
Link to article: Pentagon strikes deal with charity to pay military death benefits