Saturday, December 19, 2015

Funding the Pardon Process

Gregory Korte of USA Today reports that the original spending bill passed by a House committee in June "would have killed Obama's clemency initiative." Korte reports that the President:
... had asked for a 66% increase in the budget for the Office of the Pardon Attorney to process the thousands of requests for executive clemency, in order to double the number of lawyers working on those cases ... 
Congress "allowed the clemency initiative to continue" but did not "give Obama all of the funding he wanted to run it." Korte says, instead, "Congress allowed the administration to temporarily transfer money and employees into the office — essentially telling the president to find the resources himself." See full article here.

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