Signing Major Defense Bill by President Obama
The end of 2011 can be marked by signing a major defense bill by President Obama. This event happened in spite of serious reservations” on provisions concerning the relations of the Unites States of America and Russia, imposing sanctions against Iran and interrogations of terrorist suspects. But still there are representatives in Congress who consider that restrictions should be used and applied in relation to the counter-terrorism professionals.
One more provision evoked criticism and this provision is closely related to the imposing sanctions on foreign financial firms that are associated with dealing with Iran’s central bank. The opponents say that these sanctions will increase the prices for oil which could prevent the economy from recovering. Obama also commented negatively on the suggestion of the Congress to present a report before sharing the information on a U.S. ballistic missile defense system with the Russian Federation.
Obama assured the Congress that his Administration will interpret and implement section 1244 in the way that would not interfere with the President’s constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs and avoids the undue disclosure of sensitive diplomatic communications.” Considering Signing statements, it allows presidents to raise constitutional objections to circumvent Congress’ intent.