President Obama on Signing Statements

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on any bypass of statute. This directly questions the legitimacy of all the signing statements that former President George W. Bush had used to challenge new laws. Then at the same time President Obama said he intends to use signing statements himself if Congress sent him legislation that had provisions he decided were unconstitutional. This was sent out to the heads of all departments and agencies in the executive branch. President Obama latest move in his administration’s effort to deal with a series of legal and policy disputes they want changed that were inherited from the Bush administration. This is only a shadow of things to come as we saw President Obama has already lifted restrictions President Bush had placed on federal financing for research that uses embryonic stem cells. President Bush frequently used signing statements to declare that provisions in the bills he was signing were unconstitutional constraints on executive power. He used the signing statements to challenge about 1,200 bill sections over his eight years in office, about twice the number challenged by all previous presidents combined. These 1,200 signing statements are back on the table as President Obama said that any signing statement issued before his presidency should be viewed with doubt.

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