Rahm Emannuel: Lawmaker challenges Cheney on executive order USA Today
Dean's words -
Let me tell you the fastest way to get him to comply. Cut off his salary. Cut off his salary for all of his staff. And the Congress has the power to do that.
Emmanuel's words -
"Today, we discovered that everything we learned in U.S. government class was wrong. Evidently, the Vice President does not consider himself a part of the executive branch, and therefore believes he can obstruct meaningful oversight and avoid being held accountable. If the Vice President truly believes he is not a part of the executive branch, he should return the salary the American taxpayers have been paying him since January 2001, and move out of the home for which they are footing the bill."
Cheney has opened up this can of worms himself by saying that his office is not part of the Executive Branch but in a unique position because he is the President of the Senate and is therefore part of the Legislative Branch also. Thus, he doesn't have to follow the same rules, executive orders, procedures or laws regarding the Executive Branch.
When is the federal budget up for consideration again?
Can Cheney then accept money from, say, Halliburton, if he's not being paid or funded by Congress?