White House 'keeps mum' on Texas secession bid
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Texas is waiting for President Barack Obama's reaction to a petition demanding it be allowed to secede from the United States, and they might have to continue waiting.


Sunday was the last day for Texas' petition to secede from the union to gather 25,000 digital signatures, the number needed to warrant a response from the White House.

The virtual petition achieved that goal four weeks ago. Now, it's up to 119,209, but still there is no word from the Oval Office, ABC News reports.


According to the report, a White House official said in November that it would respond to the petition, following a procedure that demands they address any entry to the "We the People" site that rallies the requisite amount of support.

On Friday, the White House said they had no prediction for when they might put out at statement, the report said.

Even if the White House steps up to the plate this week, it's possible they will dodge the question, opting to excuse themselves by claiming it does not fall within their jurisdiction, the report added.


"We will do our best to respond to petitions that cross the signature threshold in a timely fashion," the White House website said, adding: "However, depending on the topic and the overall volume of petitions from We the People, responses may be delayed."

A source at the White House pointed out that many petitions have received responses well after the 30-day deadline, the report added.


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