AUTHOR'S NOTE: I thank Lou Fisher for his invaluable comments on an earlier draft of this article.
The Law: Contextualizing the Signing Statement
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2007
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 737–748, December 2007
How to Cite
KELLEY, C. S. (2007), The Law: Contextualizing the Signing Statement. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 37: 737–748. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2007.02622.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2007
The presidential signing statement became a public spectacle in 2006 after a news account claimed President George W. Bush used the signing statement to challenge the constitutionality of over 750 provisions of various bills he signed into law. Despite the coverage generated over Bush's use of the signing statement, most Americans still remain woefully uninformed of its history or purpose. This note will discuss what a signing statement is, how it has evolved, and ways to constrain its effect.