Category Archives: Signing Statements
Earlier this week, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which included a statute forbidding the Bush administration from spending taxpayer money “to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.”
But Bush quietly attached a signing statement to the law, asserting a unilateral right to disregard the ban on permanent bases in addition to three other measures in the bill. “Provisions of the act…could inhibit the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations…to protect national security,” the signing statement read.
Reacting to the statement, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Mark Agrast said, “On the merits, for the president to assert that Congress lacks the authority to say there shouldn’t be permanent bases on foreign soil is fanciful at best.” Bush’s “frequent use of signing statements to advance aggressive theories of executive power has been a hallmark of his presidency,” writes the Boston Globe’s Charlie Savage, who has authored a book on that topic.
In 2006, the American Bar Association condemned signing statements as “contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional separation of powers.” Bush’s latest signing statement was immediately met with anger on Capitol Hill. “I reject the notion in his signing statement that he can pick and choose which provisions of this law to execute,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) added, “Congress has a right to expect that the Administration will faithfully implement all of the provisions” of the law — “not just the ones the President happens to agree with.”
The Dipshit-in-Chief has issued over 800 signing statements during his reign of terror. John Dean has a pov about this bullshit here. Its worth your time to check it out.
It’s on…the Sudan Divestiture Bill..figures..I knew there would be a catch. So as an addendum to my post here..it IS a pretty worthless bill. H/T to Steve at the Carpetbagger Report for pointing it out. From the Think Progress article:
But the administration has expressed reservations about the bill, and Mr. Bush’s signature was accompanied by a proviso known as a signing statement, in which he said he was reserving the authority to overrule state and local divestment decisions if they conflicted with foreign policy. The statement said the measure “risks being interpreted as insulating” state and local divestment actions from federal oversight.
Unfortunately, the Bush administration’s foreign policy hasn’t always put pressure on Sudan. In May, the State Department released its 2006 terrorism report, in which it called Sudan a “strong partner in the War on Terror”:
The Sudanese government was a strong partner in the War on Terror and aggressively pursued terrorist operations directly involving threats to U.S. interests and personnel in Sudan.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Darfur, and 2.5 million more have been forced to flee their homes. Twenty-two states and more than fifty universities have already “passed divestment measures from problematic companies in Sudan.”