Specter to Challenge Signing Statements

Specter to Challenge Signing Statements


Sen. Specter Readies Bill to Sue Bush
A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush’s signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.
“We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will…authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president’s acts declared unconstitutional,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

Specter’s announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action. More

Given Specter’s previous lackluster attempt to reign in the administration’s expansion of executive power will this legislation also prove to be all bark and no bite? Additionally should this bill pass will it do so by a significant enough margin to avoid what could be the President’s second veto?

Cross posted at Dyre Portents

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/thegameiam David

    Great… more legal wrangling between the branches. :(

  • DosPeros

    Bush’s signing statement on Specter’s Bill: To be enforced in full force and effect no sooner than three years from the date of signing.

  • http://eclecticfloridian.blogspot.com/2006/05/george-dont-you-get-it.html Eclectic Floridian


    This will be a bill that needs no signing statement.

    Now that Specter has made the “tough talk” headlines, the bill will say:

    – Past signing statements are retroactively legal
    – Future signing statements shall be enforeced as if they were part of the original bill
    – Further legislation regarding signing statements will have no force or effect

    That’s his record. When Specter puts up an anti-Bush bill, you can guarantee that it’s effect will be zero, a simple waste of time.

  • http://none sid davisson

    I cannot accept executive orders or signing statements as legitimate forms of law or legislation.They appear to circumvent constitutional restrictions dealing with the separation of powers.They appear to be blatant authoritarian dictatorship.All must be expunged immediately.