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In a letter penned to President Obama on Monday, Florida Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite claims Obama is obligated under the U.S. Constitution to obtain Congress' approval before he formally accepts the prize.
Originally posted by robwerden
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 Nobel Peace Prize 2009
"for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
Barack Obama - 44th President of the United States of America
Receipt and disposition of foreign gifts and decorations
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(a) For the purpose of this section—
(1) “employee” means—
(A) an employee as defined by section 2105 of this title and an officer or employee of the United States Postal Service or of the Postal Regulatory Commission;
(B) an expert or consultant who is under contract under section 3109 of this title with the United States or any agency, department, or establishment thereof, including, in the case of an organization performing services under such section, any individual involved in the performance of such services;
(C) an individual employed by, or occupying an office or position in, the government of a territory or possession of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia;
(D) a member of a uniformed service;
(E) the President and the Vice President;
the Peace Prize is awarded by a committee appointed by the Norwegian Storting.
The Parliament of Norway (Norwegian: Stortinget) is the supreme legislature
The Storting (Norwegian national assembly) has served as the highest political body in Norway since the introduction of Parliamentarianism in 1884