Controversially Executing the Law: George W. Bush and the Constitutional Signing Statement

  title={Controversially Executing the Law: George W. Bush and the Constitutional Signing Statement},
  author={Michael J. Berry},
  journal={Congress \& the Presidency},
  pages={244 - 271}
  • Michael J. Berry
  • Published 9 October 2009
  • Political Science
  • Congress & the Presidency
During his two terms in office, President George W. Bush dramatically increased the use of the signing statement to make constitutional objections to more than 1,000 provisions passed by Congress and enacted into law. These presidential protests are frequently targeted at legislative veto provisions, which Congress continues to utilize as an oversight resource, despite the landmark ruling in INS v. Chadha, which declared the legislative veto unconstitutional. By accounting for the number of… 

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