Skip to comments.[Obama's] OSTP [Science and Technology] Director [Holdren] Under Fire for China Talks
Posted on 10/17/2011 6:19:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON A U.S. lawmaker has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to take action against the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John Holdren, for engaging Chinese officials in discussions about scientific and technical cooperation in violation of a recently enacted law barring such bilateral exchanges.
As attorney general, it is your responsibility to ensure that the nations laws are upheld, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wrote in an Oct. 13 letter. He requested that the Justice Department hold the OSTP director to full account for violating a provision Wolf added to a spending bill enacted in April barring OSTP and NASA from engaging with China.
In May, Holdren participated in meetings in Washington between U.S. and Chinese officials aimed in part at enabling scientific cooperation between the two nations.
Acting at Wolfs request, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined Holdrens participation in the May U.S.-China Dialogue on Innovation Policy and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and concluded his actions violated the prohibition. The GAO also concluded that Holdren and OSTP violated the Anti-Deficiency Act since the prohibition detailed in section 1340 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 bars the use of OSTP funds for bilateral activities with China. The Anti-Deficiency Act makes it illegal for federal agencies to spend funds that have not been appropriated by Congress.
OSTP, according to an Oct. 11 GAO letter to Wolf, acknowledges spending $3,500 on Holdrens participation in the meetings and on hosting a dinner for Chinese dignitaries.
OSTP maintains that it is not bound by Wolfs provision since it interferes with the presidents constitutional authority to engage in foreign relations.
OSTP spokesman Richard Weiss declined to comment on GAOs findings but referred Space News to a Sept. 19 Justice Department memo backing OSTPs position.
Most, if not all, of the activities of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that we have been asked to consider fall within the Presidents exclusive power to conduct diplomacy, and OSTPs officers and employees therefore may engage in those activities as agents designated by the President for the conduct of diplomacy, the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel wrote in the memo to OSTPs general counsel.
The GAO, in its letter to Wolf, said legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president is entitled to a heavy presumption in favor of constitutionality.
Lisas the coach and Ginas the quarterback in the work of rolling out new clean air regulations, said Daniel Weiss, an energy and climate policy expert at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. Shes running the plays, improvising on the line.
Another Romney environmental adviser in the effort to regulate greenhouse gases is now Obamas Director of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren. Dr. Holdren has some exotic views: ..
John P. Holdren is the man who told graduate students that America can't expect to be number one all the time and that the would would be safer if the playing field was leveled.... more at the LINK inc. his role in helping to write "The Population Bomb."
John Holdren Advised Romney on Environmental Policy
Most, if not all, of the activities of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that we have been asked to consider fall within the Presidents exclusive power to conduct diplomacy, and OSTPs officers and employees therefore may engage in those activities as agents designated by the President for the conduct of diplomacy, the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel wrote...”
That ought to scare the crap out of any right thinking
Arrest them all for bad grammar.
Why do you think NASA is going down the toilet?
Not when the explicitly ANTI Constitution crowd of Obama, Pelosi and Reid are the ones who pushed through the legislation.
Actually, there should then be a heavy presumption that these actions and legislations are unconstitutional.
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