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Obama vetoes bill that would have put a cap on his post-presidency allowance

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First things first.

With just 180 days remaining in office, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would limit the expense accounts of former presidents.

Not to worry, though, Obama squashed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, because of the impact it would have on the staff of former presidents, not because of the effects it will have on his pending retirement, according to The Blaze.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained in a statement: “Unfortunately, this bill as written would immediately terminate salaries and all benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former Presidents — leaving no time or mechanism for them to transition to another payroll.”

There are also concerns the bill could negatively effect Secret Service protection for former presidents.

The Blaze reported that the legislation “sets an annual allowance of $200,000 a year for travel, staff and office costs that have become a standard part of life after the Oval Office.”

The allowance is reduced by $1 for every dollar in outside income above $400,000 former presidents earn through books, speaking fees and other ventures.

Obama, who claims to support the bill’s goal, said in a message to Congress the measure “would impose onerous and unreasonable burdens on the offices of former presidents.”

Of which, he is soon to be.

Tom Tillison


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