Obama Needs Congress Consent For Nobel Peace Prize
In a letter to Obama, Brown-Waite, R-Fla., along with Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, claim the president is obligated under the Constitution to obtain Congress’ approval before he formally accepts the prize.
Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the emolument clause, states: “And no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”
The five-member Nobel commission, which awarded Obama the prize earlier this month, is elected by the Norwegian Parliament — the Storting. The award is therefore made by a group representing a foreign state.
“As the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway, the Storting, the prize is clearly subject to the requirements set forth in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. Obtaining permission from Congress should be straightforward,” Brown-Waite wrote in the letter.
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