Specter plans bill allowing Congress to sue President over signing statements Jaime Jansen at 7:59 AM ET
[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] announced plans Monday to introduce legislation that will give Congress the power to file court challenges against presidential bill signing statements [1993 DOJ backgrounder] in order to have the signing statement declared unconstitutional. Specter's comments came on the same day that an American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine [ABA materials] released a report [PDF text; JURIST report] concluding [press release] that President Bush's practice of attaching signing statements to new laws "undermine[s] the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers." The report also includes several recommendations to curb Bush's unusually high number of signing statements, which outnumber all other presidents combined, such as urging the president to veto a bill rather than issue a signing statement and legislation similar to that which Specter plans to propose.
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