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History of Presidential Signing Statements

Originally published by American History magazine. Published Online: April 03, 2007 
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Presidential signing statements have been front-page news in recent years. To learn more about the history of signing statements and the current debate over their constitutionality, follow these links:

The July 2006 report and recommendations of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine

The September 2006 report by the Congressional Research Service, "Presidential Signing Statements: Constitutional and Institutional Implications," which includes the historical use of signing statements and how that use increased under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush

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Political scientist Christopher Kelley's study "A Comparative Look at the Constitutional Signing Statement: The Case of Bush and Clinton" (dead link removed)

Commentary from John Dean and other legal experts


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One Response to “History of Presidential Signing Statements”


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    amna adam says:

    But if presidents swear to use signig statements for the good of the country then they can contenue to use signing statements. if it is other wise then the congress should put signing statement under citizens vote.
    why are citizens not allow to vote on excuting singning statements?



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