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White House Threatens Veto on Inspector General Reform Bill

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The Bush administration has threatened to veto a bill that would limit White House influence on inspectors general. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper, D-TN, would set inspector general terms at seven years, allow them to submit budget requests directly to Congress, and to permit the White to fire only for cause. The veto threat came with a message that the White House opposes provisions to “circumvent the president’s longstanding and constitutionally based control over executive branch budget requests.” (10/2/07)