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Monday, March 09, 2009

Obama pulls back from signing statements

This article discusses how G.W. Bush used these to instruct interpretation of bills he signed. Our president elect bambam is going to pretend that Congress has 2 braincells to rub together and interpret the bills for themselves.

I am trying to figure out if he just thinks the current group will read his mind or if this is just another empty statement from the Oval Office.

The practice became highly controversial as critics accused Bush of using the previously little-known tactic as a way of subverting the intent of Congress, especially when it came to questions involving terrorism, torture and domestic surveillance.

Both presidential candidates last year hammered Bush for the practice. Obama accused Bush of attempting to change the meaning of legislation and of trying to avoid enforcing statutes that he didn't agree with. But Obama did not pledge to get rid of the practice, saying at the time that limited use of signing statements could help to protect a president's "constitutional prerogatives" once in office.

That contrasted sharply with his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who said that he would never issue a signing statement. "Never, never, never, never. If I disagree with a law that passed, I'll veto it," he told The Washington Post.

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