"The Boston Globe noticed something rather striking, however. Away from the cameras and microphones, White House aides sometimes quietly release written statements saying the president has the right to ignore all or part of the laws he's just signed — and often just praised. In fact, the Globe found that the Bush White House has asserted that right not just occasionally, but more than 750 times. It's one of the cornerstones of the administration's claim of the primacy of executive power in government.
Bennett says stories like the Globe's 'signing statement' scoop revealed something that was happening in plain view, but was essentially invisible because no one had bothered to connect the dots."
Congress to investigate Bush’s signing statements.
"After a recent GAO report found that federal agencies ignored 30 percent of the laws President Bush objected to in signing statements last year, lawmakers now 'say they plan to dig deeper into the Bush administration’s use of bill-signing statements as ways to circumvent Congressional intent.' Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said that “their next step would be to explore the signing statements to determine the broad extent of their impact.'"
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