Tuesday, June 19, 2007

GAO Examines Signing Statement Cases

My Way News : By JIM ABRAMS
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration sometimes fails to follow all provisions of laws after President Bush attaches 'signing statements' meant to interpret or restrict the legislation, congressional examiners say.

Lawmakers who asked the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study said it was further proof that the Bush White House oversteps constitutional bounds in ignoring the will of Congress.

'Too often, the Bush administration does what it wants, no matter the law. It says what it wants, no matter the facts,' Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., said Monday. Byrd and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., requested the report....

The American Bar Association, at an annual meeting last year, approved a resolution condemning use of signing statements, saying presidents should not resort to diluting or changing laws passed by Congress rather than using their veto powers.

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