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Bush: Up Yours!
From murkyview.com

Bush to FEMA Law: Drop Dead!

He’s done it again: After signing into law a bill that would mandate minimum requirements for the new FEMA director, Bush added a “signing statement” that declared those requirements null and invalid. (more…)

  • Update: ThinkProgress has the statement

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Preps Bill to Sue Bush Over Signing Statements

    Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the Senate Judiciary chairman, will introduce a bill that will allow Congress to sue Bush in federal court with the aim of having Bush’s signing statements (“interpretations” used to skirt a law’s provisions) declared unconstitutional. (h/t: Huff Po)
    Way to go, Arlen.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Legal Group Rails Against Bush’s Signing Statements

    The American Bar Association said the president’s signing statements amount to a “line item veto” that Congress is powerless to override, and constitute a ?threat to the Constitution and to the rule of law.?

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Set to Veto Stem Cell Bill

    It would be the first time the president has used his override power; but that’s only because he has made unprecedented use of so-called signing statements to ignore the parts of new laws that he doesn’t feel like obeying.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush's fingers crossed
    From Tinselwing

    Bush’s Signing Statements: The Top 10 List

    A blogger surfaced The Boston Globe’s list of President Bush’s most egregious use of signing statements (the “interpretations” Bush makes of about-to-be-signed bills to avoid following the laws’ intent). Worst one: Bush asserts a right to waive the torture ban if doing so will prevent terrorist attacks.

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Aide Is Screening Legislation in Seeking to Protect Bush’s Power

    Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington, routinely reviews legislation bound for the president’s desk, searching for ways that the bills may limit presidential power.
    More than a quick-hit news item, this article masterly describes Bush’s use of signing statements—interpretations of a law that can be used to subvert a law’s intended purpose.
    Earlier: Addington—“The Most Powerful Person You’ve Never Heard Of”

    Posted on May 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Specter Will Hold Hearing on Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’

    The Republican senator announced the move in the wake of news that Bush used “signing statements” to assert his supposed right to circumvent more than 750 laws passed over the last five years.
    Legal scholars say the breadth of Bush’s use of “signing statements” is unprecedented.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


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