In 148 cases, Bush has said privately that he doesn’t need to follow the laws set forth by Congress. Maybe it’s time someone shed some light on each and every one of those cases.
Committee members clashed over the validity of the investigation, which began with a committee hearing on Wednesday. Democrats said Bush is overstepping his executive role and meddling with the legislative process. Republicans maintained the president’s assertions are merely guiding interpretations and follow long-term precedent.
The investigation will cover Bush’s commentary on bills approved by both congressional chambers that require presidential approval. In at least 148 cases, Bush has appended what are known as “signing statements” to his signature. The documents outline specific aspects of the law that he finds unconstitutional and might refuse to enforce.
Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., said Bush’s widespread use of the signings challenge at least 800 provisions in laws passed while he has been in office.
I’d like to see a nightly news show do a “Daily Signing Statement” feature where they explain what Bush has said he doesn’t need to do. I don’t see why Bush would have a problem with this, since he’s the decider, right?