Obama Kills Bush-Style 'Signing Statements'

Law360, New York (March 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- President Obama has ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. before relying on signing statements used by former President Bush to bypass statutes, saying the directive will ensure that the statements are reasoned on constitutional grounds.

In a presidential memorandum issued Monday to the heads of executive departments and agencies, Obama announced that he would issue signing statements to address constitutional concerns on a limited basis, and only when it was appropriate to do so as a means of discharging his...
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