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Text of Signing Statements
2017
Donald Trump


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Signing
Statement
Affected Law
2017-01

H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

2017-02 H.R. 366, the DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act
2017-03 H.R. 3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
2017-04 H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
2017-05 S.J.R. 49, the Charlottesville Resolution


2017-01

Signing Statement for H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 05, 2017

Statement by President Donald J. Trump
on Signing H.R. 244 into Law

 

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

 

Today I have signed into law H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which authorizes appropriations that fund the operation of the Federal Government through September 30, 2017.

Certain provisions of this bill (e.g., Division C, sections 8049, 8058, 8077, 8081, and 8116; Division J, under the heading "Contribution for International Peacekeeping Activities") would, in certain circumstances, unconstitutionally limit my ability to modify the command and control of military personnel and materiel or unconstitutionally vest final decision-making authority in my military advisers. Further, Division B, section 527; Division C, section 8101; and Division F, section 517 each restrict the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States; Division C, section 8103 restricts the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries and does not include an exception for when a court might order the release of a detainee to certain countries. I will treat these, and similar provisions, consistently with my constitutional authority as Commander in Chief.

Certain provisions (e.g., Division C, sections 8040, 8075, 8114, 9005, 9011, 9014, and under the headings "Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide," "Afghanistan Security Forces Fund," "Counter-ISIL Train and Equip Fund," and "Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Fund") require advance notice to the Congress before the President may direct certain military actions or provide certain forms of military assistance. In approving this bill, I wish to reiterate the longstanding understanding of the executive branch that these types of provisions encompass only military actions for which providing advance notice is feasible and consistent with my constitutional authority and duty as Commander in Chief to protect national security.

Numerous provisions could, in certain circumstances, interfere with the exercise of my constitutional authorities to negotiate international agreements (e.g., Division B, sections 509, 519, 530; Division J, sections 7010(c), 7013(a), 7025(c), 7029, 7031(e)(2), 7037, 7042, 7043, 7044, 7045, 7048, 7060, 7070, and 7071), to receive ambassadors (e.g., Division J, section 7031(c)), and to recognize foreign governments (e.g., Division J, section 7070(b)(2)(A)). My Administration will treat each of these provisions consistently with my constitutional authorities in the area of foreign relations.

Division E, section 622 prohibits the use of funds to pay the salaries and expenses for several advisory positions in the White House. The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority. The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislation that significantly impedes my ability to supervise or obtain the views of appropriate senior advisers violates the separation of powers by undermining my ability to exercise my constitutional responsibilities, including to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. My Administration will, therefore, construe section 622 consistently with these Presidential prerogatives.

Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

Several provisions (e.g., Division C, section 10006(b); Division D, section 401; Division J, section 7041(b)(3); Division N, sections 310, 311, 402, 502(d), and 503) mandate or regulate the submission of certain executive branch information to the Congress. I will treat these provisions in a manner consistent with my constitutional authority to withhold information that could impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative processes of the executive branch, or the performance of my constitutional duties. In particular, Division E, section 713(1) and (2) prohibits the use of appropriations to pay the salary of any Federal officer or employee who interferes with or prohibits certain official communications between Federal employees and Members of Congress or who takes adverse action against an officer or employee because of such communications. I will construe these provisions not to apply to any circumstances that would detract from my authority to supervise, control, and correct employees' communications with the Congress related to their official duties, including in cases where such communications would be unlawful or could reveal confidential information protected by executive privilege.

Division C, section 8009 prohibits the use of funds to initiate a special access program unless the congressional defense committees receive 30 days' advance notice. The President's authority to classify and control access to information bearing on the national security flows from the Constitution and does not depend upon a legislative grant of authority. Although I expect to be able to provide the advance notice contemplated by section 8009 in most situations as a matter of comity, situations may arise in which I must act promptly while protecting certain extraordinarily sensitive national security information. In these situations, I will treat these sections in a manner consistent with my constitutional authorities, including as Commander in Chief.

Several provisions (e.g., Division C, section 8134; Division J, section 7063; and Division K, section 418) prohibit the use of funds to deny an Inspector General access to agency records or documents. I will construe these, and similar provisions, consistently with my authority to control the dissemination of information protected by executive privilege.

Several provisions prohibit the use of funds to recommend legislation to the Congress (e.g., Division A, section 716; Division C, sections 8005, 8014, 8070(a)(2), 8076; and Division H, section 210), or require recommendations of legislation to the Congress (e.g., Division C, section 8012(b), 8035(b); Division F, section 532; Division G, sections 101, 102, and a proviso under the heading "Administrative Provisions—Forest Service"; Division N, sections 605(c) and 610). Because the Constitution gives the President the authority to recommend "such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient" (Article II, section 3), my Administration will continue to treat these, and similar provisions, as advisory and non-binding.

Numerous provisions authorize congressional committees to veto a particular use of appropriated funds (e.g., Division C, section 8058), or condition the authority of officers to spend or reallocate funds on the approval of congressional committees (e.g., Division A, sections 702, 706, and 717; Division D, sections 101(a) and 201(a); Division G, sections 403 and 409; Division K, sections 188, 222, 405 and 406). These are impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement in the execution of the laws other than by enactment of statutes.

My Administration will notify the relevant committees before taking the specified actions and will accord the recommendations of such committees all appropriate and serious consideration, but it will not treat spending decisions as dependent on the approval of congressional committees. My Administration shall treat provisions that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender (e.g., Division B, under the heading "Minority Business Development"; Division C, sections 8016, 8021, 8038, and 8042; Division H, under the headings "Departmental Management Salaries and Expenses," "School Improvement Programs," and "Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program Account"; Division K, under the heading "Native American Housing Block Grants"; and Division K, section 213) in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the laws under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution's Fifth Amendment.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

May 5, 2017.

 

Annotations

Live Link to the Signing Statement on the White House website expand
Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 2017 CPD 312

 

Text of the same signing statement from the Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) published by the Office of the Federal Register at the Government Printing Office (GPO)

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1. HTML format at the GPO - 2017 CPD 312

2. PDF file from the GPO - 2017 CPD 312 (digitally signed by the GPO)

 


Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 115-31 (H.R. 244)


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 244, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017" - Public Law 115-31 -- 131 STAT 855

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2017-02

Signing Statement for H.R. 366, the DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017

Statement by the President
on the Signing of H.R. 366

 

H.R. 366, the "DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act," would assign responsibility for achieving optimal vehicle fleet size in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Under Secretary for Management (the Under Secretary). I am pleased to sign this bill and applaud this legislative effort to eliminate waste. One provision of the bill, however, purports to require the Under Secretary to recommend budget rescissions to the Congress if the Under Secretary determines that DHS component heads have not taken adequate steps to achieve optimal vehicle fleet size in the previous fiscal year. My Administration, including the Under Secretary, will respectfully treat the provision in a manner consistent with Article II, section 3 of the Constitution, which provides the President the exclusive authority to "recommend" to the Congress spending "Measures" in such amounts and for such purposes "as he shall judge necessary and expedient." My Administration, including the Under Secretary, looks forward to working with the Congress to identify and implement proposals to eliminate wasteful spending.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

June 6, 2017.

 

Annotations

Live Link to the Signing Statement on the White House website expand
Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 2017 CPD 380 expand

 

Text of the same signing statement from the Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) published by the Office of the Federal Register at the Government Printing Office (GPO)

(click either link below to see the text)

1. HTML format at the GPO

2. PDF file from the GPO - digitally signed by the GPO

 


Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 115-38 (H.R. 366) expand


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 366, the DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act - Public Law 115-38 -- 131 STAT 855

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

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

2. PDF from the GPO's Public and Private Laws - digitally signed by the GPO

3. Enrolled text from GPO - PDF file

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 


2017-03

First Signing Statement for H.R. 3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2017

Statement by President Donald J. Trump
on the Signing of H.R. 3364

 

Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act." While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed.

In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions. For instance, although I share the policy views of sections 253 and 257, those provisions purport to displace the President's exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds, in conflict with the Supreme Court's recent decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry.

Additionally, section 216 seeks to grant the Congress the ability to change the law outside the constitutionally required process. The bill prescribes a review period that precludes the President from taking certain actions. Certain provisions in section 216, however, conflict with the Supreme Court's decision in INS v. Chadha, because they purport to allow the Congress to extend the review period through procedures that do not satisfy the requirements for changing the law under Article I, section 7 of the Constitution. I nevertheless expect to honor the bill's extended waiting periods to ensure that the Congress will have a full opportunity to avail itself of the bill's review procedures.

Further, certain provisions, such as sections 254 and 257, purport to direct my subordinates in the executive branch to undertake certain diplomatic initiatives, in contravention of the President's exclusive constitutional authority to determine the time, scope, and objectives of international negotiations. And other provisions, such as sections 104, 107, 222, 224, 227, 228, and 234, would require me to deny certain individuals entry into the United States, without an exception for the President's responsibility to receive ambassadors under Article II, section 3 of the Constitution. My Administration will give careful and respectful consideration to the preferences expressed by the Congress in these various provisions and will implement them in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations.

Finally, my Administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE
August 2, 2017.

 

Annotations

Live Link to the Signing Statement on the White House website expand
Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 2017 CPD 559 expand

 

Text of the same signing statement from the Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) published by the Office of the Federal Register at the Government Printing Office (GPO)

(click either link below to see the text)

1. HTML format at the GPO

2. PDF file from the GPO - digitally signed by the GPO

 


Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 115-44 (H.R. 3364) expand


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. - Public Law 115-44 -- 131 STAT ___

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

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws - not yet available

2. PDF from the GPO's Public and Private Laws - not yet available

3. Enrolled text from GPO - PDF file

 

 

 


 

 

 


 


2017-04

Second Signing Statement for H.R. 3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2017

Statement by President Donald J. Trump
on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries
Through Sanctions Act”

 

Today, I signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.

That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia.

Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on Executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies.

My Administration has attempted to work with Congress to make this bill better. We have made progress and improved the language to give the Treasury Department greater flexibility in granting routine licenses to American businesses, people, and companies. The improved language also reflects feedback from our European allies – who have been steadfast partners on Russia sanctions – regarding the energy sanctions provided for in the legislation. The new language also ensures our agencies can delay sanctions on the intelligence and defense sectors, because those sanctions could negatively affect American companies and those of our allies.

Still, the bill remains seriously flawed – particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.

Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.

Further, the bill sends a clear message to Iran and North Korea that the American people will not tolerate their dangerous and destabilizing behavior. America will continue to work closely with our friends and allies to check those countries’ malignant activities.

I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.

 

Annotations

Live Link to the Signing Statement on the White House website expand
Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 2017 CPD 558 expand

 

Text of the same signing statement from the Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) published by the Office of the Federal Register at the Government Printing Office (GPO)

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1. HTML format at the GPO

2. PDF file from the GPO - digitally isgned byt the GPO

 


Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 115-44 (H.R. 3364) expand


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

H.R. 3364, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. - Public Law 115-44 -- 131 STAT ___

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

1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws - not yet available

2. PDF from the GPO's Public and Private Laws - not yet available

3. Enrolled text from GPO - PDF file

 

 

 


 

 


 


2017-05

Signing Statement for S.J.R. 49, the Charlottesville Resolution

Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2017

Statement from the President about
the Signing of S.J. Res. 49 --
Charlottesville Resolution

 

Today, I am pleased to sign S.J. Res. 49. As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms. No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.

 

Annotations

Live Link to the Signing Statement on the White House website expand

 

SJR 29, the Charlottesville Resolution (last visited 9/16/2017)

 

Text of the Signing Statement from the GPO - 2017 CPD ___ expand

 

Text of the same signing statement from the Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) published by the Office of the Federal Register at the Government Printing Office (GPO)

(click either link below to see the text)

1. HTML format at the GPO - not yet available

2. PDF file from the GPO -not yet available

 


Text of the Affected Law - P.L. 115-__ (S.J. Res. 49) expand


The law to which this signing statement applies is:

S.J. Res. 49, the Charlottesville Resolution - Public Law 115-__ -- 131 STAT ___

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1. Plain text at the GPO's Public and Private Laws - not yet available

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3. Enrolled text from GPO - PDF file

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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