Tit for tat

Rahm Emanuel plays Cheney's game.

Published June 26, 2007 2:18PM (EDT)

Rep. Rahm Emanuel on Dick Cheney's argument that he's exempt from an executive order on the safeguarding of classified documents on the ground that his office is part of the legislative branch rather than the executive branch: Fine, but then there's no need for all that executive branch funding that goes to the office of the vice president.

Emanuel says he'll introduce a budget amendment this week that would limit funding for Cheney's office to the legislative branch money the vice president gets as president of the Senate. It isn't much, Emanuel acknowledges. But at least this way, he says, Congress can "ensure that the vice president's funding is consistent with his legal arguments."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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