News About Signing Statements
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On Friday, February 10, 2012, the White House released a document titled "Statement by President Obama upon Signing the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012." The Office of the Federal Register classified the document in the Compilation of Presidential Documents as a statement by the President, rather than as a bill signing statement. Therefore, this website initially did not treat the document as a signing statment.
On September 26, 2012, I checked this document again. The Office of the Federal Register has reclassified this document. Therefore, I am also presenting it as a signing statement.
On March 11, 2009, President Obama issued a signing statement for the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (P.L. 111-8). The full text of the signing statement is available on the White House website or on this website. It is also available from the Office of the Federal Register's Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents in text format or in PDF format.
This is President Obama's second signing statement. The first signing statement, which was for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was a rhetorical or ceremonial statement.
The new signing statement for H.R. 1105 raises constitutional objections.
On April 15, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 1473, the "Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011."
This is Obama's 17th signing statement.
On April 14, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011.
This is Obama's 16th signing statement.
January 3, 2011 - Dafna Linzer reports, at ProPublica, that the Obama administration may issue a signing statement for the defense spending bill, stating:
"Some Administration officials are recommending that President Obama sign the spending bill and then issue a “signing statement” challenging at least some of the Guantanamo provisions as intrusions on his constitutional authority. Others have recommended that he express opposition to the Guantanamo sections without addressing their constitutionality.
"The statement, officials said, would likely be released along with a new executive order that outlined review procedures for some -- but not all -- of the 174 Guantanamo prisoners still held without charge or trial.
"Obama has used signing statements in the past, but this one would carry political significance as the first test of his relationship with a Congress in which the House is firmly in Republican control. "
The full article, "Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama’s Options for Guantanamo," is available at Pro Publica's website.
January 4, 2011 - The Washington Post published a similar article, "White House may challenge bill's Guantanamo provisions." Charlie Savage, at the New York Times, has weighed in with his article, "Obama Aides Lean Against Bypass of Guantánamo Rules."
On January 3, 2011, the White House Press Office released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website. This is Obama's 14th signing statement.