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Senator Vows Action on Signing Statements

Posted Jun 20, 2007 9:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A senator who sought a study on presidential signing statements says his next step will be to determine if there are any legal violations.

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., told the New York Times he wanted to examine the broad impact of signing statements, in which the president expresses reservations about a law he signs and claims the power to disregard parts of it.

“Moving forward, I plan to ask auditors to take a look at these provisions and determine what legal violations they find,” he said.

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office released a study of 19 laws signed by the president despite expressing reservations about the requirements. In six of the cases, the laws were not carried out as written.

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