Politics Serving the President
I’ve been wondering when Congress would throw a hissy about President Bush basically nullifying their powers. From the Boston Globe:
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Arlen Specter, said yesterday that he is “seriously considering” filing legislation to give Congress legal standing to sue President Bush over his use of signing statements to reserve the right to bypass laws.
Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, made his comments after a Judiciary Committee hearing on signing statements, which are official documents that Bush has used to challenge the constitutionality of more than 750 laws when signing legislation .
We’ll see if this actually goes anywhere (the smart money’s on “nope”), but it’s at least a small step in the right direction.