Signing Statement

Prediction

  1. What do you think signing statement means?

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Definition

A “Signing Statement” is a written comment issued by a President at the time of signing legislation.  Often signing statements merely comment on the bill signed, saying that it is good legislation or meets some pressing needs.  The more controversial statements involve claims by presidents that they believe some part of the legislation is unconstitutional and therefore they intend to ignore it or to implement it only in ways they believe is constitutional.  Some critics argue that the proper presidential action is either to veto the legislation (Constitution, Article I, section 7) or to “faithfully execute” the laws (Constitution, Article II, section 3). The National Constitution Center on signing statements.

Sentence

When President Obama added a signing statement 941 - Statement on Signing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 on December 18, 2014 nobody really noticed. Now you know!

Example

Trump SCOTUS Short-Lister Joan Larsen Is a Fan of Executive Power and Presidential Signing Statements

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Questions

  1. What is a signing statement?

  2. Why do presidents use signing statements?

  3. Is there anything about signing statements in the Constitution?

  4. Do you believe that President Trump will use many signing statements since he has a Republican majority in Congress?