President Obama signed the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, which will give himself and former President George W. Bush lifetime Secret Service protection. President Obama signed the bill on Thursday, which reverses a mid-1990s law which capped protection at 10 years after leaving office.
The new legislation [HR-6620], which was introduced in the House of Representatives in November 2012 by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), removes the 10-year cap and grants all president’s lifetime protection by the Secret Service. Their wives, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, will also get lifetime Secret Service protection, unless they remarry. This also covers their children until age 16.
Presidents Obama and Bush were the only presidents to have not served prior to January 1, 1997 when the law took effect, Buzzfeed reports. The legislation will also cover future ex-presidents.
Before the right wing pundits go nuts over this, the bill passed by voice-vote in early December by both Republicans and Democrats. Its co-sponsors included Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). HR-6620 was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on December 28th, and sent to the White House for President Obama’s signature on New Year’s Day.
Here’s an ignorant response from a reader at right wing site Daily Caller: