Monday, July 24, 2006

ABA: Bush's Signing Statements Violate Constitution

The American Bar Association has taken a very public stand on the use of signing statements by George Bush, stating that his actions violate the US Constitution.

This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy," said the ABA's president, Michael Greco. "If left unchecked, the president's practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries."
ABA policymakers will decide whether to denounce the statements and encourage a legal fight over them.

Let's hope it's the latter.

The task force said the statements suggest the president will decline to enforce some laws. Bush has had more than 800 signing statement challenges, compared with about 600 signing statements combined for all other presidents, the group said.

Bush has flagrantly used signing statements to circumvent laws passed by congress that he disagrees with or wants to amend rather than utilizing his veto power which can be challenged by congress.

The ABA's report and recommendations, which will be presented at its annual meeting in August, can be found here.


John Dean's analysis of Bush's signing statements.

Today's New York Times has more.

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