Conyers-Byrd-GAO: Signing Statements Analyzed

[Note: Thanks to standingup for the grab. Link below is to the HTML version of the report, released by GAO on 17 December 2007.]

December 21, 2007

Conyers-Byrd GAO Report Shows Presidential Power Grab in Use of Signing Statements

(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued the following statement in response to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that shows that federal agencies have not followed public law in instances where presidential signing statements were issued. President Bush has used signing statements to object to parts of laws passed by Congress, which he has signed. Conyers and Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) requested the report earlier this year to study the use of signing statements.

"This report provides further evidence that this Administration wants to pick and choose how it obeys the laws that Congress sets forth," Conyers said. "The precise role of signing statements is unclear but, as this report and an earlier report released in June suggest, in nine of 22 instances, federal agencies have not executed public laws to which the president objected in his signing statements. This administration's power grabbing attitude should be checked and balanced with more Congressional oversight of the use and abuse of presidential signing statements."

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GAO B-308603, Presidential Signing Statements Accompanying the Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriations Acts, June 18, 2007

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