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Another "Five Day" Exception As Obama Signs Lands Bill

President Obama today signed the Public Lands Management Act of 2009, an omnibus package of 150 individual bills dedicating public lands for conservation. Obama called the legislation "among the most important in decades to protect, preserve, and pass down our nation's most treasured landscapes to future generations."

"This legislation guarantees that we will not take our forests, rivers, oceans, national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas for granted; but rather we will set them aside and guard their sanctity for everyone to share," he said during an East Room ceremony that included the bill's top supporters in Congress. "That's something all Americans can support."

Again, however, Obama was signing legislation that had not been posted on the White House Web site for public comment for five days, as was promised during the campaign. Robert Gibbs was asked about this at today's briefing, and said Obama is still "committed to and has brought greater transparency" in office.

"There are obviously situations that come up, especially when the president's going to go overseas for a certain period of time while a bill is there," he said - alluding to Obama's pending departure for Europe. "Although not perfect, I think the president has made a greater step forward in transparency and feels like we're making progress on making sure the American people can see and read what the president is going to sign into law."