Text of Signing Statements
2001
George W. Bush


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Signing
Statement
Affected Law
2001-01

S.J. Res. 6, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor (P.L. 107-5)

2001-02

S. 700 , the "Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001" (P.L. 107-9)

2001-03 H.R. 1696, a bill to expedite the construction of the World War II memorial in the District of Columbia (P.L. 107-11)
2001-04 H.R. 2216, the "Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 2001" (P.L. 107-20)
2001-05 H.R. 1954, the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act Extension Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-24)
2001-06 S.J. Res. 23, the "Authorization for Use of Military Force" (P.L. 107-40)
2001-07 H.R. 2133, creating the "Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission" (P.L. 107-41)
2001-08 H.R. 2926, the Airline Transportation and Systems Stabilization Act (P.L. 107-42)
2001-09 S. 248, authorizing U.S. payments to the United Nations (P.L. 107-46)
2001-10 H.R. 2217, the "Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-63)
2001-11 H.R. 2904 the "Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-64)
2001-12 H.R. 2590, the "Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-67)
2001-13 H.R. 2311, the "Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-66)
2001-14 H.R. 2647, the "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-68)
2001-15 H.R. 2620, the "Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-73)
2001-16 H.R. 1042, an Act to prevent the scheduled elimination of certain legislatively mandated executive branch reports (P.L. 107-74)
2001-17 H.R. 2330, the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-76)
2001-18 H.R. 1552, the ‘‘Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act’’ (P.L. 107-75)
2001-19 H.R. 2500, the "Department of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-77)
2001-20 H.R. 2299, the "Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-87)
2001-21 H.R. 1230, establishing the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (P.L. 107-91)
2001-22 S. 494, the "Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001" (P.L. 107-99)
2001-23 S. 1438, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002" (P.L. 107-107)
2001-24 H.R. 2883, the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002" (P.L. 107-108)

 


2001-01

Signing Statement for S.J. Res. 6, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor (P.L. 107-5)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 21, 2001


Statement by the President


Today I have signed into law S.J. Res. 6, a measure that repeals an unduly burdensome and overly broad regulation dealing with ergonomics. This is the first time the Congressional Review Act has been put to use. This resolution is a good and proper use of the Act because the different branches of our Government need to be held accountable.

There needs to be a balance between and an understanding of the costs and benefits associated with Federal regulations.  In this instance, though, in exchange for uncertain benefits, the ergonomics rule would have cost both large and small employers billions of dollars and presented employers with overwhelming compliance challenges.  Also, the rule would have applied a bureaucratic one-size-fits-all solution to a broad range of employers and workers -- not good government at work.

The safety and health of our Nation's workforce is a priority for my Administration.  Together we will pursue a comprehensive approach to ergonomics that addresses the concerns surrounding the ergonomics rule repealed today.  We will work with the Congress, the business community, and our Nation's workers to address this important issue.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 20, 2001.

 

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 477 (3/26/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-5 (S.J.Res. 6)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S.J. Res. 6, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor -- Public Law 107-5 -- 115 STAT 7

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, S.J. Res. 6 - Joint Resolution of Disapproval of Ergonomics Regulation (March 6, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 

Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, Memorandum Opinion: "Authority of Agency Officials to Prohibit Employees from Providing Information to Congress" (Consistent with longstanding Executive Branch positions, Department of Health and Human Services officials have the authority to prohibit officers or employees of the Department from providing information to Congress.") (May 21, 2004) (source: Department of Justice web site) (archived copy - DOJ HTML document converted to PDF)

 

Congressional Research Service expand

 

CRS Report for Congress RL34354: Congressional Influences of Rulemaking through Appropriations Provisions (updated February 11, 2008)

 

Text of Disapproved Regulation expand

 

PDF from GPO (50 pages)

 



2001-02

Signing Statement for S. 700 , the "Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001" (P.L. 107-9)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

[Not available on the White House website]
[Text supplied by GPO]

 

Statement on Signing the Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001
May 24, 2001



Today I am signing into law S. 700, the "Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001.'' The Act is intended to assist the Department of Agriculture in its continuing efforts to protect against introduction into the United States of two unrelated animal diseases occurring abroad--bovine spongiform encephalopathy and foot-and-mouth disease. Preventing such diseases from entering the United States is a high priority, and the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with other Federal agencies, has put strong measures in place designed to accomplish that goal.

Section 3 of the bill requires the Secretary of Agriculture to submit to certain committees and subcommittees of the Congress a preliminary report concerning any immediate needs for additional legislative authority or appropriations and a final report with recommendations for legislation that will improve efforts to assess, prevent, or control transmission of certain diseases. Section 3 will be interpreted in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to recommend to the consideration of the Congress such measures as the President shall judge necessary and expedient.

George W. Bush
The White House,
May 24, 2001.

[Note supplied by the GPO: S. 700, approved May 24, was assigned Public Law No. 107-9. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 25.]


 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 804 (5/28/01)
Text of the Affected Law - (P.L. 107-9) (S. 700)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S. 700 , the "Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Control Act of 2001" -- Public Law 107-9 -- 115 STAT 11

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

Final Report prepared by the PL 107-9 Federal Inter-agency Working Group (January, 2003) (source: Department of Agriculture website)

 

GAO Documents expand

 

GAO-02-183: Report to Congressional Requesters, Mad Cow Disease Improvements in the Animal Feed Ban and Other Regulatory Areas Would Strengthen U.S. Prevention Efforts (January, 2002 )

 

 



2001-03

Signing Statement for H.R. 1696, a bill to expedite the construction of the World War II memorial in the District of Columbia (P.L. 107-11)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 28, 2001
 

Statement by the President


Today I have signed into law H.R. 1696, a bill to expedite the construction of the World War II memorial in the District of Columbia.  It is indeed fitting that this measure becomes law on Memorial Day.

This legislation will allow the Nation to express the appreciation due the World War II generation for their selfless sacrifices that preserved the freedoms we all enjoy.  I commend the Congress for a truly bipartisan effort to expedite construction of the memorial.

Now that debate over the site and basic design is concluded, the time has come for all concerned with the creation of the memorial to act with the same determination and sense of common purpose so wonderfully displayed by those we honor.  We must get the job done, so that those who served are able to see the Nation's permanent expression of remembrance and thanks.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 819 (6/4/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-11 (H.R 1696)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 1696, a bill to expedite the construction of the World War II memorial in the District of Columbia -- Public Law 107-11 -- 115 STAT 19

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Court Documents

 

1. National Coalition to Save Our Mall v. Gale Norton, 269 F.3d 1092 (D.C. Cir. 2001), cert.denied 537 U.S. 813 (2002) (affirming 161 F.Supp.2d 14) (source: plain text from website for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, plain text converted to PDF)

2. National Coalition to Save Our Mall v. Gale Norton, 161 F.Supp.2d 14 (D.D.C. 2001) (aff’d 299 F.2d 1092) (source: website for the District Court for the District of Columbia)

 

 




2001-04

Signing Statement for H.R. 2216, the "Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 2001" (P.L. 107-20)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 24, 2001

 

President's Statement on H.R. 2216, the "Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 2001"

Today I signed into law H.R. 2216, the "Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 2001," which provides funding for the Department of Defense and other departments.

This important supplemental appropriation provides urgently needed resources to enhance defense readiness and operations and maintenance; to improve the morale of our service men and service women, and their families; to provide needed home energy assistance for low-income families; to aid -victims of radiation exposures associated with the Government's nuclear weapons testing program; to provide a U.S. contribution for the global trust fund to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; and for other purposes.

I commend the Congress for expeditiously providing critical resources needed to improve our support for our men and women in the military while maintaining a strict fiscal discipline. The Congress provided this additional funding within the budget agreement's discretionary spending limits. The resources I requested for the Department of Defense will help our military readiness and help lay the groundwork for further strengthening after Secretary Rumsfeld's ongoing strategy review.

I applaud the Congress for passing this bill without resorting to the abusive use of the emergency designation. We have seen "emergencies" become a recurring part of the budget process, and become magnets for special-interest, non-essential spending.

I will continue to work with the Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to see that FEMA meets its obligations to perform its extremely important role of disaster relief in a thorough and timely manner.

I hope the bipartisan approval of this bill is a harbinger of improved, more orderly deliberations for the remainder of the FY 2002 appropriations process. The fiscal discipline demon-strated in this Supplemental Appropriations Act, developed with collegiality and in a timely manner, sets a standard for how the Congress should handle spending bills for the next fiscal year.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 24, 2001.


 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1096 (7/30/01)


Text of the same signing statement from the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents published by the Government Printing Office (GPO) (click links to see text)

1. plain text at the GPO - 37 WCPD 1096 (7/30/01)

2. PDF file from GPO - 37 WCPD 1096 (7/30/01)


Text of the Affected Laws - P.L. 107-20 (H.R. 2216)

The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2216, the "Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 2001" -- Public Law 107-20 -- 115 STAT 155

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws

 


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2216 - Supplemental Appropriations Bill, FY 2001 (June 19, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 


2001-05

Signing Statement for H.R. 1954, the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act Extension Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-24)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 3, 2001

 

Statement by the President

Today, I have signed into law H.R. 1954, the "ILSA Extension Act of 2001." This Act provides for a 5-year extension of the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) with amendments that affect certain of the investment provisions.

I believe that we should review sanctions frequently to assess their effectiveness and continued suitability.  A new provision in this bill mandates a report on the impact of certain actions taken pursuant to the Act.  I approve of this statutorily mandated requirement to periodically assess the effectiveness of sanctions and to recommend whether the Congress should terminate or modify the Act.  The Act also continues the President's power to waive sanctions in the national interest.

My Administration shares the Congress' deep concerns about the objectionable policies and behavior of Iran and Libya.  We are addressing these concerns in a number of ways.  In particular, we are strengthening our efforts with other countries, whose cooperation is essential to pursuing the most effective approaches to solving the problems of proliferation and terrorism addressed by ILSA.

Libya must address its obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolutions.  These relate to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and require Libya to accept responsibility for the actions of Libyan officials, disclose all it knows about the bombing, renounce terrorism, and pay appropriate compensation.  Cooperative action by Libya on these four issues would make it possible for us to begin to move toward a more constructive relationship.

With respect to Iran, we continue to have serious concerns over its support for terrorism, opposition to the Middle East peace process, and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.  I hope that the Iranian people's recently expressed desire for a freer, more open, and more prosperous society will give our two countries an opportunity to identify areas where our interests converge, and where we can work together constructively for our mutual benefit.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
August 3, 2001.

 

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1132 (8/6/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-24 (H.R. 1954)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 1954, the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act Extension Act of 2001 -- Public Law 107-24 -- 115 STAT 199

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Presidential Determination No. 2004-30 of April 23, 2004, Determination and Certification under Section 8(b) of the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, Memorandum for the Secretary of State: 69 Fed. Reg. 24907 (May 5, 2004)

2. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 1954 - ILSA Extension Act of 2001 (July 25, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

Congressional Research Service expand

 

1. CRS Report for Congress RS20871: The Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) (updated January 25, 2007) (source: Federation of American Scientists)

2. CRS Report for Congress RL33509, Lebanon (updated September 27, 2006) (source U.S. Department of State web site)

3. CRS Report for Congress RS20871, The Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) and Original Passage of ILSA (August 8, 2006) (source U.S. Department of State web site)



2001-06

Signing Statement for S.J. Res. 23, the "Authorization for Use of Military Force" (P.L. 107-40)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 18, 2001


President Signs Authorization for Use of Military Force bill
Statement by the President

Today I am signing Senate Joint Resolution 23, the "Authorization for Use of Military Force."

On September 11, 2001, terrorists committed treacherous and horrific acts of violence against innocent Americans and individuals from other countries.  Civilized nations and people around the world have expressed outrage at, and have unequivocally condemned, these attacks.  Those who plan, authorize, commit, or aid terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests -- including those who harbor terrorists -- threaten the national security of the United States.  It is, therefore, necessary and appropriate that the United States exercise its rights to defend itself and protect United States citizens both at home and abroad.

In adopting this resolution in response to the latest terrorist acts committed against the United States and the continuing threat to the United States and its citizens from terrorist activities, both Houses of Congress have acted wisely, decisively, and in the finest traditions of our country.  I thank the leadership of both Houses for their role in expeditiously passing this historic joint resolution.  I have had the benefit of meaningful consultations with members of the Congress since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and I will continue to consult closely with them as our Nation responds to this threat to our peace and security.

Senate Joint Resolution 23 recognizes the seriousness of the terrorist threat to our Nation and the authority of the President under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of terrorism against the United States.  In signing this resolution, I maintain the longstanding position of the executive branch regarding the President's constitutional authority to use force, including the Armed Forces of the United States and regarding the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution.

Our whole Nation is unalterably committed to a direct, forceful, and comprehensive response to these terrorist attacks and the scourge of terrorism directed against the United States and its interests.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 18, 2001.


 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1333 (9/24/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-40 (S.J.Res. 23)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S.J. Res. 23, the "Authorization for Use of Military Force" -- Public Law 107-40 -- 115 STAT 224

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on Deployments of United States Combat-Equipped Armed Forces Around the World (June 15, 2006)  42 WCPD 1160 (June 19, 2006)

2. Military Order of November 13, 2001, Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism, 66 Fed. Reg. 57831 (November 16, 2001)

Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

1. Declassified Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate -- Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States (April, 2006) (source: web site of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence 9/27/2006)

2. Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs, Response to February 8 and 24, 2006, questions from the House Committee on the Judiciary regarding Terrorist Surveillance Programs (March 24, 2006)  (source: House of Representatives website)

3. Department of Justice, Prepared Remarks for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the Georgetown University Law Center (January 24, 2006) (source: DOJ web site) (discussing P.L. 107-40 (the "AUMF") as legal authority for the President to conduct the National Security Agency’s terrorist surveillance program).

4. Department of Justice, Legal Authorities Supporting the Activities of the National Security Agency Described by the President (January 19, 2006) (discusses "inherent" presidential authority to conduct warrantless domestic spying program and authority derived from P.L. 107-40 and P.L. 107-243) (source: DOJ web site)

5. Letter from Assistant Attorney General William Moschella to Chairman Roberts. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, et alia (December 22, 2005) (source: George Washington University web site)

6. Press Briefing by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and General Michael Hayden, Principal Deputy Director for National Intelligence (December 19, 2005) (source: White House website)

7. Brief filed on Behalf of Donald Rumsfeld by the Department of Justice in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (March, 2004) (arguments explicating theory of the "unitary executive," see e.g, fn 4.)

8. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, Memorandum Opinion: The President's Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them (The President has broad constitutional power to take military action in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Congress has acknowledged this inherent executive power in both the War Powers Resolution and the Joint Resolution passed by Congress on September 14, 2001. The President has constitutional power not only to retaliate against any person, organization, or State suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks on the United States, but also against foreign States suspected of harboring or supporting such organizations. The President may deploy military force preemptively against terrorist organizations or the States that harbor or support them, whether or not they can be linked to the specific terrorist incidents of September 11. ) (September 25, 2001)

 

Related Congressional Documents expand

 

1. Letter from the House Judiciary Committee to the Attorney General requesting Extensive Information about NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program (February 8, 2006) (source: House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee web site)

2. House Judiciary Committee letter to DOJ requesting responses to additional questions posed by the Democratic Members of the Committee regarding certain aspects of NSA terrorist surveillance program (February 24, 2006) (source: House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee web site)

Congressional Research Service expand

 

1. CRS Report for Congress RL31133: Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications (updated March 8, 2007) (source: Federation of American Scientists) (discussion of the signing statements for two AUMFs (PL-107-243 and PL-107-40))

2. CRS Report for Congress RL30588, Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy (August 23, 2006) (source: U.S. Department of State web site)

3. CRS Report for Congress RL33532, War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance (July 11, 2006) (source U.S. State Department web site)

4. CRS Report for Congress RS22466, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: Military Commissions in the “Global War on Terrorism” (July 6, 2006) (source: U.S. Department of State web site)

5. CRS Memorandum, Presidential Authority to Conduct Warrantless Electronic Surveillance to Gather Foreign Intelligence Information (January 5, 2006) (source: State Department web site)

6. CRS Report for Congress RS22357, Authorization for Use of Military Force in Response to the 9/11 Attacks (P.L. 107-40): Legislative History (January 4, 2006) (source: University of Maryland, Thurgood Marshall Library)

7. CRS Report for Congress RL33180, Guantanamo Detainees: Habeas Corpus Challenges in Federal Court (December 7, 2005) (source: Federation of American Scientists)

8. CRS Report for Congress RL31133: Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications (updated January 14, 2003) (source: Open CRS)

 

Related Court Documents expand

 

1. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Case No. 05-184, slip opinion (June 29, 2006) (source: United States Supreme Court web site)

2. ACLU v. NSA, Case Nos. 06-2095 and 06-2140, order staying the District Court's injunction pending appeal (6th Cir. 2006) (source: web site of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals)

3. ACLU v. NSA, Case No. 06-CV-10204, Slip Opinion (E.D. Mich. August 17, 2006) ("Defendants ([NSA] have violated the Constitutional rights of their citizens including the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and the Separation of Powers doctrine") (holding that neither the AUMF nor "implicit" presidential powers authorize warrantless domestic surveillance bypassing FISA) (source: web site for the federal district court for the Eastern District of Michigan)

4. ACLU v. NSA, Case No. 06-CV-10204, Injunction (E.D. Mich. August 17, 2006) (source: web site for the federal district court for the Eastern District of Michigan)

5. Rasul v. Bush, 124 S.Ct. 2686 (2004) (source: slip opinion from United States Supreme Court web site)

6. Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 (2004) (source: slip opinion from United States Supreme Court web site) (PDF file, 100 pages)

7. Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004) (source: slip opinion from United States Supreme Court web site) (PDF file, 44 pages)

8. Padilla v. Rumsfeld, 352 F.3d 295 (2d Cir. 2003) (source: opinion from web site for the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit) (PDF file, 53 pages)

9. Padilla v. Rumsfeld, 233 F.Supp 2d. 564 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (source: opinion from web site for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) (PDF file, 105 pages)

 

American Bar Association expand

 

1. Resolution on Presidential Signing Statements, adopted by the ABA House of Delegates (August 8, 2006) (source: ABA web site)

2. Report of ABA Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism, (the ABA House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to adopt the Task Force report with recommendations at its meeting in Chicago on February 13, 2006. The Task Force recommendations now reflect official ABA policy) (source: ABA web site)

 



2001-07

Signing Statement for H.R. 2133, creating the "Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission" (P.L. 107-41)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 19, 2001


President Signs Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary Commission

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2133, to create the "Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission." The Commission will advise the Secretary of Education on activities to help celebrate one of the most important decisions ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court -- the decision that recognized the constitutional right to freedom from racial discrimination in our public schools. Establishing a commission to help celebrate the decision is particularly appropriate as we work to secure passage by the Congress of my Administration's educational initiatives, so that we leave no child behind.

Consistent with the requirements of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, I welcome the participation, in an advisory capacity on the commission, of representatives of the Judiciary; the Brown Foundation for Education Equity, Excellence, and Research; the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in the activities of the commission. While the Constitution does not permit them to participate in the performance of executive functions, their advice will be crucial to the effective functioning of the commission. As I exercise my constitutional power of appointment to name 11 members of the commission, under the Appointments Clause and the enabling legislation, I welcome, as a matter of comity, the suggestions of the congressional leadership for those positions.

I look forward to the national celebration in 2004 of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 18, 2001.

 

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1336 (9/24/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-41 (H.R. 2133)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2133, creating the "Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission" -- P.L. 107-41 -- 115 STAT 226

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Congressional Research Service expand

 

CRS Report for Congress RL30340, Congressionally Chartered Nonprofit Organizations ("Title 36 Corporations"): What They Are and How Congress Treats Them (updated April 8, 2004) (source: web site for the  Law Librarian's Society of Washington, DC)

 

 



2001-08

Signing Statement for H.R. 2926, the Airline Transportation and Systems Stabilization Act (P.L. 107-42)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 22, 2001


President Signs Airline Transportation Bill
Statement by the President

Today I signed the Airline Transportation and Systems Stabilization Act, which will provide urgently needed tools to assure the safety and immediate stability of our Nation's commercial airline system.  This important legislation also establishes a process for compensating victims of the terrorist attacks.

The terrorists who attacked our country on September 11th will not shut down our vital businesses or thwart our way of life.  I commend the Congress for their cooperation and quick action in passing responsible legislation that will improve passenger safety, help the victims and their loved ones, and keep America's airplanes flying while the airlines develop long-term viability plans. 

 

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1358 (10/1/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-42 (H.R. 2926)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2926, the Airline Transportation and Systems Stabilization Act -- Public Law 107-42 -- 115 STAT 230

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

1. OMB Cost Estimate for Pay-As-You-Go Calculations, P.L.107-42 (H.R. 2926), Report No: 563 (01/08/2002) (source: White House web site, HTML converted to PDF)

2. Final Report of the Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 (11/17/2004) (source: Department of Justice web site)

 



2001-09

Signing Statement for S. 248, authorizing U.S. payments to the United Nations (P.L. 107-46)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 5, 2001

 

President Signs United Nations Bill
Statement by the President

Today I am pleased to sign into law S. 248, which authorizes U.S. payments to the United Nations.  This payment constitutes the second of three payments of arrears.  When I met with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in March, I told him that the United States was committed to paying the arrears it owes to the United Nations.  Today, I am glad to take this important step towards fulfilling that commitment.

As the world's preeminent multilateral institution, the United Nations plays a critical role in defusing international crises, resolving longstanding conflicts, and alleviating suffering, poverty, and disease. The United Nations also has a vital role in cracking down on violators of international law and eliminating sources of funding for terrorist operations.

This release of funds will enhance the close bond between the United States and the United Nations, and will help to facilitate the work the United States carries out in concert with other U.N. members.

In making these funds available, Republicans and Democrats in the Congress have again demonstrated their willingness to work together in a constructive manner to address our Nation's challenges at this important time in our history.  I would like to pay a special tribute to Senators Helms and Biden, whose leadership has served as a catalyst for U.N. reform, and provided a means for the United States to fulfill its international obli-gations.  I also wish to thank Representatives Hyde and Lantos, who have worked in a bipartisan manner toward making this payment to the United Nations a reality.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 5, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1422 (10/8/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-46 (S. 248)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S. 248, authorizing U.S. payments to the United Nations -- Public Law 107-24 -- 115 STAT 259

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


 



2001-10

Signing Statement for H.R. 2217, the "Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-63)

 
Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 5, 2001

 

President Signs Interior Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2217, the "Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my Administration's key initiatives with:

-    funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire and conserve lands in national parks, forests, refuges, and public lands, and assist States in promoting conservation and outdoor recreation;

-    funding to reduce the National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog and meet the growing demands on park facilities and resources;

-    funding for Indian school construction to keep us on the 5-year path to eliminate the current school repair and maintenance backlog by 2006; and

-    full funding for key energy programs, such as the Clean Coal Power initiative, to work in partnership with industry to direct research towards reducing the environmental impact of coal used for power generation in the United States.

I am disappointed that my initiative to increase the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program by $120 million was reduced by $43 million in the final version of this bill.  This reduction will deny program benefits for over 17,000 low-income families, compared with my request.

Several provisions in the bill purport to require congres-sional approval before executive branch execution of aspects of the bill.  I will interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any other interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 5, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1601 (11/12/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-63 (H.R. 2217)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2217, the "Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-63 -- 115 STAT 414

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Statement of Administration Policy, HR 2217 - Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 - Senate (July 11, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

2. Statement of Administration Policy, HR 2217 - Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 - House Rules (June 20, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 




2001-11

Signing Statement for H.R. 2904 the "Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-64)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 5, 2001


President Signs Military Construction Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2904, the "Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2002," which provides $10.5 billion for military construction and family housing programs administered by the Department of Defense.

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The Act abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and funds the vast majority of my request for military construction projects, the military housing program, and other projects for our military personnel and their families.  The requested projects are critical to supporting military readiness and the quality of life for our soldiers.  My Administration showed its commitment to improving the quality of housing available to our military personnel and their families by including an additional $400 million in the FY 2002 Budget.  I want to thank the Congress for including it in this bill. However, I am disappointed that the bill includes a 1.127 percent general reduction, and a rescission of $55 million from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

As America battles terrorism, we must ensure that our men and women in uniform live in, train at, and deploy from adequate facilities.  This bill shows our commitment to our service members by constructing and upgrading military installations, and military family housing in the United States and overseas.

My Administration appreciates that the Congress has worked expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's history to consider the FY 2002 appropriations bills.  Now, through a renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and my Administration must work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 5, 2001.

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Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1602 (11/12/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-64 (H.R. 2904)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2904 the "Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-64 -- 115 STAT 474

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2904 - Military Construction Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (September 21, 2001) (source: White House website HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 



2001-12

Signing Statement for H.R. 2590, the "Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-67)

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 13, 2001


President Signs Treasury Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

I have signed into Law H.R. 2590, the "Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my Administration's key initiatives with funding for:

$    the Prevention of Youth and Gang Violence Initiative, enabling the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to continue its two programs that focus on youth violence reduction;

$    the Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination Act Initiative, which will allow continued implementation of this Act by the United States Customs Service;

$    the New Counterdrug Research and Technology Initiative, which doubles the FY 2000 request for the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center; and,

$    the Drug Free Communities Initiative.

The Act funds the Department of the Treasury's law enforcement bureaus at $4.8 billion, which is comprised of $2.7 billion for the U.S. Customs Service to protect our Nation's borders and to facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and passengers, and $924 million for the protective operations of the United States Secret Service, including $45 million for additional special agents.  The Act augments funding for Treasury's ongoing efforts to target, detect, and dismantle terrorist fund-raising and money laundering at home and abroad.  In addition, the Act provides $139 million for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to train Federal, State, and local law enforcement personnel.

I am pleased that the bill continues current law provisions that prohibit the use of Federal funds to pay for abortions in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, except in cases where the life of the mother is endangered, or the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

Unfortunately, the Act does not include my proposal to consolidate the eighteen separate appropriations into a single appropriation for the Executive Office of the President.  The Congress' continued insistence on specifying in extraordinary detail the specific operations of the Executive Office of the President unnecessarily infringes on my ability to freely manage my own office to meet the Nation's needs.

My Administration appreciates that the Congress has worked expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's history to consider the FY 2002 appropriations bills.  Now, through a renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and the Administration must work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 12, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1651 (11/19/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-67 (H.R. 2590)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2590, the "Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-67 -- 115 STAT 514

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2590 - Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (July 24, 2001) (source: White House website HTML document converted to PDF)

GAO Documents expand

 

1. GAO Decision B-304716, Department of Health and Human Services--Contract with Maggie Gallagher  (September 30, 2005) (source: GAO website)

2. GAO Decision B-301022: Response to Inquiry from the Honorable Ron Paul, House of Representatives: Subject: Application of Anti-Lobbying Laws to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Open Letter to State Level Prosecutors (March 10, 2004 ) (source: GAO website)

 

 

 

 




2001-13

Signing Statement for H.R. 2311, the "Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-66)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 13, 2001


President Signs Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

I have signed into law H.R. 2311, the "Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion.  It provides funding for several important programs with significant national benefits including:

$    key research projects designed to develop new energy technologies and improve the efficiency of existing energy technologies, such as for solar and renewable energy production, as called for in the National Energy Policy report;

$    nonproliferation programs that seek to prevent nuclear materials and other weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists and rogue states;

$    stockpile stewardship, which is critical to maintaining the safety, reliability, and performance of our nuclear weapons stockpile; and

$    water resources development and management projects, and programs for commercial navigation, flood damage reduction, and environmental restoration and enhancement.

Section 303 of the bill purports to require congressional approval before executive branch execution of aspects of the bill.  I will interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any other interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha. Provisions of H.R. 2311 that purport to remove my authority to oversee the activities of the Army Corps of Engineers will be construed consistent with my constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch.

My Administration appreciates that the Congress has worked expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's history to consider the FY 2002 appropriations bills.  Now, through a renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and the Administration must work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 12, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1650 (11/19/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-66 (H.R. 2311)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2311, the "Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-66 -- 115 STAT 486

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2311 - Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (July 27, 2001) (source: White House website HTML document converted to PDF)



2001-14

Signing Statement for H.R. 2647, the "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-68)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House collapse

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 13, 2001


President Signs Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

I have signed into law H.R. 2647, the "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002."

The Act provides Fiscal Year 2002 appropriations for the Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Architect of the Capitol, the General Accounting Office, the Government Printing Office, and the Library of Congress.

My Administration appreciates that the Congress has worked expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's history to consider the Fiscal Year 2002 appro-priations bills.  Now, through a renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and the Administration must work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 12, 2001.


Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1651 (11/19/01) collapse
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-68 (H.R. 2647) collapse


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2647, the "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-68 -- 115 STAT 560

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


 



2001-15

Signing Statement for H.R. 2620, the "Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-73)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House collapse

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 26, 2001


President's Statement on H.R. 2620, the "Departments of Veterans Affairs and HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002"

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2620, the "Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act. The Act abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my Administration's key initiatives with:

  • $955 million for the Veterans Affairs Duty to Assist initiative to improve performance in claims processing and assist veterans with their claims;
  • $160 million for the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnerships initiative, which provides funds for States to join with institutions of higher education in strengthening math and science education in grades K-12; and
  • $50 million for the Housing and Urban Development Down Payment Assistance initiative that assists low-income families with the down payment on their first home.

Several additional initiatives I have proposed were worthy of funding but are not part of this bill:- the Community Technology Centers and Improving Access programs in HUD, the Silver Scholarships and Veterans Mission for Youth programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the VA/DOD Medical Care Choice initiative.

The Silver Scholarship Program would have provided Silver Scholarships to 10,000 older Americans who volunteer 500 hours of service tutoring and mentoring students in after-school programs. Each $1,000 scholarship could be deposited in an education savings account for use by seniors' children, grandchildren, or another child. The Veterans Mission for Youth program would have provided matching grants to community organizations that connect veterans and retired military personnel with America's youth through mentoring, tutoring, after-school, and other programs.

The VA/DoD Medical Care Choice initiative would ensure that all military retirees annually choose either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs as their health care provider. This would enhance quality and continuity of care and prevent duplication of services and costs.

Several provisions in the Act purport to require congressional approval before executive branch execution of aspects of the bill. My Administration will interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any other interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 26, 2001.


Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1714 (12/3/01) collapse
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-73 (H.R. 2620) collapse


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2620, the "Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-73 -- 115 STAT 651

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents collapse

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2620 - Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (July 21, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 



 


2001-16

Signing Statement for H.R. 1042, an Act to prevent the scheduled elimination of certain legislatively mandated executive branch reports (P.L. 107-74)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 28, 2001

 

President Signs Statutory Reporting Requirement Bill
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 1042, an Act to prevent the scheduled elimination of certain legislatively mandated executive branch reports.  This legislation restores 29 statutory reporting requirements that expired last year, pursuant to the Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995.  I sign this legislation in deference to the Congress determination that the reports are necessary to fulfilling its oversight responsibili-ties.  But I remain concerned that many of the existing statutory reporting requirements impose an excessive burden on executive branch agencies.  In particular, I am concerned that some of the reports reinstated by H.R. 1042 are either obsolete or duplicative of other reporting requirements.  My Administration will continue to work with the Congress to reduce the burden created by unnecessary statutory reporting requirements through the elimination of these unnecessary requirements, while respecting the oversight responsibilites of the Congress.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1722 (12/3/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-74 (H.R. 1042)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 1042, an Act to prevent the scheduled elimination of certain legislatively mandated executive branch reports -- Public Law 107-74 -- 115 STAT 701

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


 


2001-17

Signing Statement for H.R. 2330, the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-76)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 28, 2001


President Signs Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2330, the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The Act abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion.  It provides for several important programs with significant national benefits by:

  • fully funding the current participation rate for the key nutrition program for women, infants, and children;
     
  • supporting Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety activities, including providing 7,600 meat and poultry inspectors; and
     
  • redirecting USDA research to provide new emphasis in key areas such as biotechnology, the development of new agricultural products, and improved protection against emerging exotic plant and animal diseases, as well as crop and animal pests.

A number of provisions contained in the bill purport to restrict executive branch execution of programs that are funded in the bill.  Where such provisions contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha, their intent will be interpreted as advisory only.

I appreciate that the Congress has worked expeditiously during this difficult and trying time in our Nation's history to consider the FY 2002 appropriations bills.  Through a renewed sense of bipartisanship, the Congress and my Administration must work together to ensure the timely enactment of the remaining bills.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1723 (12/3/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-76 (H.R. 2330)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2330, the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-76 -- 115 STAT 704

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2330 - Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (June 27, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 

GAO Documents expand

 

GAO Report 05-18R, Local Television Act: Status of Spending for Fiscal Year 2003  (October 15, 2004) (source: GAO web site)  

 


2001-18

Signing Statement for H.R. 1552, the ‘‘Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act’’ (P.L. 107-75)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 28, 2001

 

President Signs Internet Access Taxation Moratorium
Statement by the President on H.R. 1552

*NOTE: THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS RELEASE REVISES THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF A RELEASE ISSUED EARLIER TODAY ON H.R. 1552

Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 1552, which will ensure that the growth of the Internet is not slowed by additional taxation.

The Internet is an innovative force that enables such applications as distance learning and precision farming.  Government must do its part to make access to these services affordable.  It should not raise costs through additional taxation.

Extending the moratorium is particularly important during this crucial holiday shopping season.  Online spending is estimated to account for over 15 percent of total holiday purchases this year.  H.R. 1552 will keep access to e-commerce services affordable.  This law will be a big help to those Americans who shop from home because they are unable to travel to stores and malls.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1722 (12/3/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-75 (H.R. 1552)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 1552, the ‘‘Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act’’ -- Public Law 107-75 -- 115 STAT 703

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 1552 - Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act - Senate (November 15, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

2. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 1552 - Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act - House (October 16, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 




2001-19

Signing Statement for H.R. 2500, the "Department of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-77)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 28, 2001

 

President Signs Commerce Appropriations Bill
Statement by the President on H.R. 2500



*NOTE: THE 11TH PARAGRAPH OF THIS RELEASE REVISES THE ELEVENTH PARAGRAPH OF A RELEASE ISSUED EARLIER ON H.R. 2500

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2500, the "Department of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act.  The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my Administration's key initiatives including:

--   $100 million to support a backlog elimination initiative to achieve a universal six-month processing standard for all immigration applications;

--   570 additional Immigration and Naturalization Service agents to protect our Northern and Southern borders;

--   $50 million grant program in the Office of Justice Programs to aid counties along the Southwestern border with their costs of detaining and prosecuting drug cases referred to them by Federal law enforcement agents;

--   $50 million for drug courts, which provide a supervised treatment alternative to prison sentences for non-violent drug possession offenders, to enable Federal assistance to over 120 new or existing drug court programs.  To date, over 57,000 offenders have completed drug court programs, and their recidivism rate is much lower than that of comparable offenders;

--   $15 million for grants to create community-based task forces for reducing youth violence and to assist State and local prosecution of firearms offenses, and $9 million for the U.S. Attorneys to hire dedicated prosecutors who will appropriately prosecute juvenile gun offenders and those who supply them with guns;

--   $20 million to assist State and local law enforcement agencies with the costs associated with methamphetamine laboratory clean-up; and,

--   $5 million for a faith-based prison pre-release pilot project to reduce the rate at which ex-offenders are returned to prison through intensive counseling and family and community transition instruction.

In addition, at this critical time, when we are mounting a world-wide effort to defeat terrorism, I appreciate that this bill provides significant new funding for our Federal law enforcement  agencies in the Department of Justice, our diplomatic operations overseas, and for enhanced embassy security.

I note that Section 612 of the bill sets forth certain requirements regarding the organization of the Department of Justice's efforts to combat terrorism.  This provision raises separation of powers concerns by improperly and unnecessarily impinging upon my authority as President to direct the actions of the Executive Branch and its employees.  I therefore will construe the provision to avoid constitutional difficulties and preserve the separation of powers required by the Constitution.

Section 626 would require the President to submit a legislative proposal to establish a program for the compensation of victims of international terrorism.  I will apply this provision consistent with my constitutional responsibilities.  In addition, subsection (c) of that section purports to remove Iran's immunity from suit in a case brought by the 1979 Tehran hostages in the District Court for the District of Columbia. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Executive Branch will act, and encourage the courts to act, with regard to Subsection 626(c) of the bill in a manner consistent with the obligations of the United States under the Algiers Accords that achieved the release of U.S.  hostages in 1981.

Section 630 prohibits the use of appropriated funds for cooperation with, or assistance or other support to, the International Criminal Court (ICC) or its Preparatory Commission.  While Section 630 clearly reflects that Congress agrees with my Administration that it is not in the interests of the United States to become a party to the ICC treaty, I must note that this provision must be applied consistent with my constitutional authority in the area of foreign affairs, which, among other things, will enable me to take actions to protect U.S. nationals from the purported jurisdiction of the treaty.

In addition, several other provisions of the bill unconstitutionally constrain my authority regarding the conduct of diplomacy and my authority as Commander-in-Chief.  I will apply these provisions consistent with my constitutional responsibilities.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
November 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1723 (12/3/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-77 (H.R. 2500)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2500, the "Department of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-77 -- 115 STAT 748

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Presidential Determination No. 2002-11 of March 20, 2002, Cooperation by Vietnam in Accounting for United States Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, Memorandum for the Secretary of State: 67 Fed. Reg. 15095 (March 29, 2002)

2. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2500 - Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 (July 16, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 

Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, Memorandum Opinion: Constitutional Issues Raised By Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Bill (A provision prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for United Nations peacekeeping missions involving the use of United States Armed Forces under the command of a foreign national  unconstitutionally constrains the President's authority as Commander in Chief and his authority over foreign affairs. A provision prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for cooperation with, assistance to, or other support for the International Criminal Court would be unconstitutional insofar as it would prohibit the President from providing support and assistance to the ICC under any and all circumstances, but it can be applied in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority in the area of foreign affairs.) (November 28, 2001)

 

 


2001-20

Signing Statement for H.R. 2299, the "Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" (P.L. 107-87)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 18, 2001

President Signs Transportation Appropriations Act
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2299, the "Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002."

I appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into producing this Act. The bill abides by the agreed upon aggregate funding level for Fiscal Year 2002 of $686 billion and supports several of my Administration's key initiatives with:

  • $140 million for border safety to ensure an open border for trade between the United States and Mexico through the establishment of an inspection and certification system that will ensure a high level of motor carrier safety;
     
  • $5 billion for Coast Guard operations and capital expenses, including $243 million to support expanded drug interdiction efforts as authorized in the Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination Act;
     
  • $1.2 billion for the newly created Transportation Security Administration to enhance airport and aircraft security;
     
  • $32.8 billion for key highway infrastructure and safety initiatives in compliance with authorized levels;
     
  • $10.2 billion for aviation operations and airport improvement grants to expand safety, security, and capacity; and
     
  • $6.7 billion for mass transit grants and capital programs.

Several provisions in the bill purport to require congressional approval before executive branch execution of aspects of the bill. I will interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any other interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. Chadha.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 18, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1802 (12/24/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-87 (H.R. 2299)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 2299, the "Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002" -- Public Law 107-87 -- 115 STAT 833

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

1. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2299 - Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 - Senate (July 19, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

2. Statement of Administration Policy, H.R. 2299 - Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2002 - House (June 25, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 

 


2001-21

Signing Statement for H.R. 1230, establishing the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (P.L. 107-91)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 21, 2001

 

First-Ever International Wildlife Refuge Established
Statement by the President

Today I am very pleased to sign into law H.R. 1230, which will establish the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, the first-ever international wildlife refuge.

The Detroit River on the Michigan-Canada border has lost over 95 percent of its coastal wetland habitat and has been designated a Waterfowl Habitat Area of Concern by the Canadian and American governments. Establishing this International Wildlife Refuge will do a lot to provide this special place with the protection that it needs.

This area is a prime waterfowl migration corridor and is considered a special place for sportsmen, birders, and boaters. An estimated 300,000 diving ducks stop in the River to rest and feed during their fall migration from Canada. At least 65 species of fish live in the Detroit River, including millions of walleye.

This innovative legislation enhances public-private partnerships for conservation and habitat restoration. I want to thank the many area businesses and groups that developed the conservation vision for the refuge.

George W. Bush
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 21, 2001.

 

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1819 (12/24/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-91 (H.R. 1230)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 1230, establishing the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge -- Public Law 107-91 -- 115 STAT 894

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


 




2001-22

Signing Statement for S. 494, the "Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001" (P.L. 107-99)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 21, 2001


President Signs Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act
Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law S. 494, the "Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001." This Act symbolizes the clear bipartisan resolve in the United States to promoting human rights, good governance, and economic development in Africa. My Administration shares fully the Congress' deep concerns about the political and economic hardships visited upon Zimbabwe by that country's leadership. I hope the provisions of this important legislation will support the people of Zimbabwe in their struggle to effect peaceful democratic change, achieve economic growth, and restore the rule of law.

Section 4(c) of the Act purports to direct the executive branch to oppose and vote against the extension of loans or the cancellation of debt in international financial institutions unless and until I make a certification or national interest determination. I am concerned that this provision burdens my constitutional authority in the area of foreign affairs to conduct negotiations and cast votes in international organizations. I will construe the provision as being subject to my exclusive authority to negotiate or vote in international financial institutions.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 21, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1820 (12/24/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-99 (S. 494)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S. 494, the "Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001" -- Public Law 107-99 -- 115 STAT 962

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws



 



2001-23

Signing Statement for S. 1438, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002" (P.L. 107-107)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 28, 2001

 

President Signs Defense Authorization Act
Statement by the President


I have today signed into law S. 1438, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002." The Act authorizes the funding necessary to defend the United States and its interests around the globe. In particular, it provides the resources needed to continue the war against global terrorism, accelerate programs for defense against biological or chemical attacks, pursue an effective missile defense, properly support members of the Armed Forces and their families, and begin to transform our Armed Forces to meet the military requirements of the 21st century.

The Act provides important improvements in the quality of life for the members of our Armed Forces, who have dedicated their lives to the defense of their fellow citizens. It provides for a substantial and well-deserved increase in basic pay, improved educational opportunities as an incentive to reenlist, and more resources to improve military housing. The legislation also addresses important needs of military families, such as improved job training and education opportunities for military spouses and access for home-schooled children of military families to facilities and programs of Department of Defense dependent schools.

The Act will assist greatly in the rebuilding and reshaping of the Armed Forces to meet future challenges. In particular, it provides procurement authority for programs crucial to the projection of American military power in support of U.S. interests abroad, such as carrier-based strike aircraft, air superiority fighter aircraft, large-capacity cargo aircraft, and a fast attack submarine. The Act also authorizes funds to move forward with our program for an effective defense against ballistic missiles.

The legislation reflects my Administration's important initiative to establish a process for realignment and closure of unneeded military facilities. Such realignments and closures will allow the Government to use more effectively the taxpayer sources devoted to the national defense. As the Act requires, military value will be the primary consideration in recommending realignments and closures. Regrettably, the Act defers the start of the base closure and realignment process for several years, rather than providing for its immediate commencement to permit efficient restructuring promptly.

Section 1116 of the Act authorizes Federal agency employees to retain and make personal use of promotional items such as frequent flyer miles, upgrades, or access to carrier clubs or facilities received as a result of certain official travel. Agency regulations will ensure that, in connection with imple-mentation of section 1116, employees fully observe applicable principles of ethics in Government and regulations that prevent unneeded or inefficient official travel.

The Act contains several provisions intended to improve the ability of members of the Armed Forces to exercise one of the most important rights that any citizen has -- the right to vote. Section 1605 of the Act requires State Governors, in certain circumstances, to provide reports to the Secretary of Defense concerning the Secretary's recommendations on State voting laws, including what recommendations the Governor has made or will make to the State legislature on the Secretary's recommendations. Section 1605 shall be implemented in a manner consistent with proper regard for the role of the States, and their legislatures and Governors, in our Federal system.

Several provisions of the Act, including sections 525(c), 546, 705, and 3152 call for executive branch officials to submit to the Congress proposals for legislation. These provisions shall be implemented in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to recommend to the Congress such measures as the President judges necessary and expedient.

Section 1404 vests in the Secretary of Defense authority to appoint a chief operating officer for the Armed Forces Retirement Home, but purports to limit the qualifications of the pool of persons from whom the Secretary may select the appointee in a manner that rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office. The Secretary shall implement section 1404 in a manner consistent with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.

Under section 1002 of the Act, the Congress has stated that it incorporates a classified annex into the statute. That annex contains authorizations of appropriations for specified classified programs. My Administration discourages enactment of secret law as part of annual defense authorization acts and instead encourages appropriate use of classified annexes to committee reports and the joint statement of managers that accompanies the final legislation.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 37 WCPD 1834 (12/31/01)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 107-107 (H.R. 6344)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S. 1438, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002" -- Public Law 107-107 -- 115 STAT 1012

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Presidential Documents expand

 

Statement of Administration Policy, S. 1438 - National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2002 (June 20, 2001) (source: White House web site HTML document converted to PDF)

 

 




2001-24

Signing Statement for H.R. 2883, the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002" (P.L. 107-108)

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 28, 2001

President Signs Intelligence Authorization Act
Statement by the President
[2001-24] --  37 WCPD 1834 (Dec. 31, 2001)
 

Today, I have signed into law H.R. 2883, the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002." The Act authorizes appropriations to fund United States intelligence activities, including activities essential to success in the war against global terrorism. Regrettably, one provision of the Act falls short of the standards of comity and flexibility that should govern the relationship between the executive and legislative branches on sensitive intelligence matters and, in some circumstances, would fall short of constitutional standards.

Section 305 of the Act amends section 502 of the National Security Act of 1947, which relates to executive branch reports to the Congress under the intelligence oversight provisions of the National Security Act. Section 305 purports to require that reports submitted to the congressional intelligence committees by the executive branch on significant anticipated intelligence activities or significant intelligence failures always be in written form, with a concise statement of facts pertinent to the report and an explanation of the significance of the activity or failure.

Section 502 of the National Security Act as amended by section 305 of the Act shall be construed for all purposes, specifically including for the purpose of the establishment of standards and procedures under section 502(c) of the National Security Act by the Director of Central Intelligence, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to withhold information the disclosure of which could impair foreign relations, the national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive's constitutional duties. Section 502 shall also be construed in a manner consistent with the statutory responsibility of the Director of Central Intelligence to protect intelligence sources and methods and other exceptionally sensitive matters.

GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 28, 2001.

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 40 WCPD 3013 (12/27/04)
  • Text of the same signing statement from the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents published by the Government Printing Office (GPO)
    (click links to see text)

    1. plain text at the GPO - 40 WCPD 3013 (12/27/04)

    2. PDF file from GPO - 40 WCPD 3013 (12/27/04)
Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 108-497 (S. 2781)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S. 2781, the "Comprehensive Peace in Sudan Act of 2004" -- Public Law 108-497 -- 118 STAT 4012

To read the law, select one of the links below:

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws

2. PDF file from the GPO's Public and Private Laws


Related Executive Branch Documents expand

 

1. Executive Order 13412, Blocking Property of and Prohibiting Transactions With the Government of Sudan (October 13, 2006): 71 Fed. Reg. 61367 (October 17, 2006)


2.  Memorandum for the Secretary of State, Delegation of Certain Functions Related to the Sudan Peace Act  (October 21, 2004): 69 Fed. Reg. 63039 (October 28, 2004)

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