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Bush Signing Statement Challenges Congress' Oversight Role

Charlie Savage, who won a Pulitzer for breaking this story and is the author of our current C&L Book of the Month, brings us more. Bush had alre

Charlie Savage, who won a Pulitzer for breaking this story and is the author of our current C&L Book of the Month, brings us more. Bush had already used signing statements to "allow him to bypass more than 1,100 laws" before this latest one:

President Bush this month issued his first signing statement since the Democratic takeover of Congress, reserving the right to bypass 11 provisions in a military appropriations bill under his executive powers.

In the statement, which the White House filed in the Federal Register on Nov. 13 but which initially attracted little attention, Bush challenged several requirements to provide information to Congress. ...(read on)

Bush: "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator,"


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