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Monday, March 27, 2006

The Effect of Presidential Signing Statements

Betsy McKenzie at the Out of the Jungle blog (3/24/2006)
addresses what she calls the President's "attempt to modify the
carefully crafted [reauthorization of the USA Patriot
Act] through his own signing statement." McKenzie republishes
the statement in question as well as Senator Leahy''s views
on the subject in his statement of March 15, 2006.
According to Leahy, "this Administration’s 'unitary executive'
doctrine and the signing statements that articulate it are nothing
short of a radical effort to re-shape the constitutional separation
of powers and evade accountability and responsibility for following
the law."