Boy King signing statements = 30 percent of '06 laws ignored

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  1. PressCoverage

    PressCoverage Banned

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    Following Bush Signing Statements, Federal Agencies Ignore 30 Percent Of Laws Passed Last Year

    Federal agencies ignored 30 percent of the laws Bush objected to in signing statements last year, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. In 2006, President Bush issued signing statements for 11 out of the 12 appropriations bills passed by Congress, claiming a right to bypass a total of 160 provisions in them.

    In a sample set of 19 provisions, the GAO found that “10 provisions were executed as written, 6 were not, and 3 were not triggered and so there was no agency action to examine.”

    The report, which was requested by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-WV), gives the first indication of the impact that President Bush’s signing statements have had on the enforcement of laws passed by Congress.

    In a statement, Byrd said the report shows the Bush administration’s desire to grab as much power as possible:

    The White House cannot pick and choose which laws it follows and which it ignores. When a president signs a bill into law, the president signs the entire bill. The Administration cannot be in the business of cherry picking the laws it likes and the laws it doesn’t. This GAO opinion underscores the fact that the Bush White House is constantly grabbing for more power, seeking to drive the people’s branch of government to the sidelines….We must continue to demand accountability and openness from this White House to counter this power grab.​


    Since taking office in 2001, President Bush has issued signing statements challenging over 1,100 laws, claiming that he has the right to bypass them if they interfere with his alleged presidential powers. Though signing statements have been utilized by most presidents, Bush has used them to object to more laws than all previous presidents combined.

    Here are a few of the laws Bush has controversially issued signing statements about:
  2. Patters

    Patters Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    If this is a really true and not just oversimplified for political reasons, then the Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against Bush. No one is above the law, not even the President. This is the kind of garbage that goes on in "democracies" like Russia.
  3. patsfan13

    patsfan13 Hall of Fame Poster Supporter

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    DOes this apply to all the presidents who refusd to enforce the immigration laws for 40 years, or to all the executive orders issued by the previous administration (remember the Begala quip "Stroke of the pen law of the land, kinda cool".

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