AUTHORS' NOTE: Portions of this article will appear in our forthcoming book, The President's Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution (University Press of Kansas).
The Law: Prerogative Power and Executive Branch Czars: President Obama's Signing Statement
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2011
© 2011 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 819–833, December 2011
How to Cite
SOLLENBERGER, M. A. and ROZELL, M. J. (2011), The Law: Prerogative Power and Executive Branch Czars: President Obama's Signing Statement. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 41: 819–833. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2011.03920.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2011
In his April 15, 2011, signing statement President Barack Obama implied that, as president, he may suspend laws, or portions of laws, and that he is not controlled by statutory language that interferes with his ability to receive advice from White House aides or other executive branch officials. This article analyzes the claim that presidents have the prerogative to wall themselves and their aides off from statutory direction and controls, and concludes that there is no constitutional or legal basis for such an understanding of the executive power.