Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Obama breaks promise on 'sunlight before signing'

President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Act -- without the five-day comment period.
President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Act -- without the five-day comment period.

Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009, keeping a longstanding promise to counter a Supreme Court decision that limited workers' ability to sue for pay discrimination. We moved the Obameter and gave him a Promise Kept.

But we also had to give him his first Promise Broken for the same signing. As part of his agenda to bring more transparency to government, Obama said he would institute "sunlight before signing" — posting laws to the White House Web site for five days of public comment before he signed off on them.

The Ledbetter Act was passed two days ago, yet the request for public comment was posted after he signed the bill. For that, he earns his first Promise Broken.

Read details on the Ledbetter Act here and "sunlight before signing" here .