History of Presidential Signing Statements

4/3/2007 • American History

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

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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