By Erik Wasson
In selling this week's spending cut vote to his members, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touted the fact that he was able to get the White House to agree to a rider defunding four “czars.”
Obama pulled the rug out from under that provision on Friday by issuing a signing statement that said in accordance with the separation of powers, he will continue to employ advisers as he sees fit.
Boehner's office is not surprised Obama found a way to circumvent Congress, according to a staffer.
"It's not surprising that the White House, having bypassed Congress to empower these 'Czars' is objecting to eliminating them," Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.
The rider in the 2011 spending bill, which cut non-defense appropriations by $39.9 billion compared to 2010, forbids funding for the healthcare, auto industry, climate change and urban affiars advisers known as 'czars.'
In an April 12 “Speaker Alert,” Boehner's office cited the rider as one of 17 reasons to support the deal.