Off the trail for a change, Bush today focuses on education and his No Child Left Behind Act which, together with his Medicare prescription drug benefit, remain his signature domestic policy accomplishments -- both from his first term. Bush visits the Department of Education for a briefing and then a DC public school. A White House conference on school safety is in the works for Tuesday. White House spokesperson Dana Perino also says that while at the local public school today, Bush will highlight the positive impact that the No Child Left Behind Act has had on schools, and he'll talk about how the act is up for reauthorization in 2007.
Bush raised a cool $1 million yesterday for two GOP candidates out west. Per the pool report, the warm-up speakers at his event for struggling Colorado gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez were direct in addressing the problems that Beauprez and Bush face in the state. "'Let me assure you, I would never distance myself from this president. Colorado does not distance itself from this president,' Rep. Joel Hefley told the crowd. Sen. Wayne Allard urged the audience to ignore polls showing Beauprez trailing in the race for governor. 'Don't be concerned about those polls. Just get out there and work,' he said."
Vice President Cheney is in Michigan today to raise money for GOP candidates, then he headlines a closed-press fundraiser at a private home in his own former neighborhood of McLean, VA for Sen. George Allen (R). Cheney's fundraiser yesterday in Texas was his 108th campaign appearance this cycle, to the tune of $38.9 million.
Per the Boston Globe, which broke the story, "Bush's frequent use of signing statements to assert that he has the power to disobey newly enacted laws is 'an integral part' of his 'comprehensive strategy to strengthen and expand executive power' at the expense of the legislative branch, according to a report by the non partisan Congressional Research Service." CRS says the Administration "is using signing statements as a means to slowly condition Congress into accepting the White House's broad conception of presidential power, which includes a presidential right to ignore laws he believes are unconstitutional."