Obama signs bill granting Presidents lifetime Secret Service protection

Washington, Jan. 11 (ANI): President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law granting him, former presidents and their spouses' lifetime Secret Service protection.

Obama's move has reversed a 1990s law that limited post-presidency security.

According to Politico, the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 restores lifetime protection for presidents and spouses who served after January 1, 1997, and gives the children of former presidents' protection until the age of 16.

The existing law, passed by Congress in 1994, ended protection for former presidents a decade after leaving office, the report said.

But members of Congress and law enforcement officials had since come to see lifetime protection as more necessary as global threats have grown, it added. (ANI)

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