President Obama signed a bill today that will restore lifetime Secret Service protection for former presidents. President George W. Bush was the first president affected by a 1990s law that limited Secret Service coverage for 10 years after a president leaving office.
According to a White House release, the president signed "H.R. 6620, the "Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012," which restores lifetime Secret Service protection of former Presidents who did not serve as President prior to January 1, 1997, and their spouses; and provides for protection of all children of former Presidents until they become 16 years of age."
The bill was authored by Rep.Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. who was in his first term in the House.
-- Maria Recio