Thursday, July 27, 2006

Senator Arlen Specter Introduces Bill to Regulate Presidential Signing Statements

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania introduced a bill (S. 3731) on Wednesday to "regulate the judicial use of Presidential signing statements in the interpretation of Acts of Congress".

Signing statements are proclamations issued by the President to accompany the signing of laws passed by Congress.

The American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine released a report on Monday, July 24th criticizing President Bush's use of signing statements to sidestep laws passed by Congress.

See a list of Presidential signing statements from 1929 through the present from the American Presidency Project.


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