Speaker Pelosi Threatens to Sue Bush Over Iraq War Bill
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that she may sue President Bush if he issues a signing statement to change the meaning of a carefully compromised supplemental spending bill for the Iraq War. "We can take the president to court," Speaker Pelosi told a group of liberal bloggers, according to Kid Oakland, who writes for the website dailykos.com.
President Bush has been criticized for using signing statements -- or written pronouncements that accompany the President's approval of a law -- in order to change or strip meaning from bills. Nadeam Elshami, a spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi, told The Hill, "The president has made excessive use of signing statements and Congress is considering ways to respond to this executive-branch overreaching. Whether through the oversight or appropriations process or by enacting new legislation, the Democratic Congress will challenge the president's non-enforcement of the laws."
Congressional Democrats in the 1970s pursued a lawsuit against President Nixon to stop bombings in Cambodia, though their efforts proved unsuccessful. Currently, anti-war US Representatives and Senators are considering other methods to end the war. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) suggested that the House try to pass a measure that would rescind the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War, The Hill reports. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), who co-founded the Out of Iraq Caucus, told The Hill that "there was a ripple around the room" in support of Rep. Inslee's proposition.
Media Resources: The Hill 5/9/07; Truthout 5/9/07; Fox News 5/9/07; Daily Kos
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .