Obama signs lifetime Secret Service protection back into law

secret service w obamaOn Thursday, President Obama signed the “Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012,” which provides Secret Service protection for former presidents for life. The measure also authorizes protection for first ladies, and children of former presidents until they are 16 years old. The bill passed the House and Senate in December.

Lifetime security was provided until 1994, when in a cost-savings measure, Congress changed the law to limit protection to ten years after a president leaves office. The law exempted former President Bill Clinton. President George H.W. Bush would also have been exempted, but he declined protection after Clinton was inaugurated.

Citing increased terrorist threats in a post 9-11 world, Congress has reconsidered, according to a report by CBSNews.

“The world has changed dramatically since the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) during House debate on the bill in November.

But not everyone agrees with the change.

“I think we have seen that being a former president can be a pretty lucrative career, and I feel that after 10 years, if these former presidents feel the need for additional security, they should pay for it themselves,” said Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) in a statement.

And, according to an NBC5 Chicago News report: Residents of Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood got some tough news Thursday.

Residents of Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood got some tough news Thursday.

President Barack Obama signed a bill that allows for Secret Service protection for life for presidents…That means the barricades that surround his South Side home are likely to remain in place for as long as Obama claims Chicago as his hometown.

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