Budget cuts, drones, Jurassic Park: Serious and silly petitions at whitehouse.gov

Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 3:17 a.m. MDT

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Returning to the sequestration issue, multiple petitions on the website currently urge the president to protect educational benefits from the United States armed forces from the automatic budget cuts.

"On March 8, 2013, the United States Army suspended its Tuition Assistance program due to budget cuts. This happened without warning and is affecting over 200,000 soldiers, according to the Army Times," a March 8 petition said. "Education benefits for our service members should not be on the table."

"This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration," Lt. Col. Tom Alexander told Army Times.

According to Army Times, some 201,000 Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers participate in traditional classroom and online courses at 3,100 colleges and universities. The army spent $373 million for tuition assistance payments during fiscal year 2012.

If eligible, soldiers can still pursue education goals using VA benefits that include the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Montgomery Bill-Selected Reserve, Reserve Assistance Program and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Army Times reported on March 8.
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"Please repeal Obamacare," a Nov. 12, 2012 petition said. 'It is destroying jobs in this country and is already taxing businesses into closing."
The petition reached the signature threshold needed for a reply.

President's reply: "No."

Salt Lake City, UT

"Please repeal Obamacare," a Nov. 12, 2012 petition
President's reply: "No."

That is a Constitutionally correct answer. Congress would have to repeal the legislation, not the White House.

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