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Lawyers' group criticizes Bush's signing statements

A task force for the American Bar Association produced a report that is highly critical of the unilateral exceptions President Bush often—over 800 times so far, compared to 600 in all previous administrations combined—makes to bills he signs into law. Calling this report critical seems like an understatement. The ABA's president, Michael Greco, said:

This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy. If left unchecked, the president's practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries.

The members of the ABA will consider making this their official policy at their annual meeting next month.

[Thanks to today's Capitol Hill Blue.]

Senator Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he is preparing legislation that would allow Congress to sue the President and have these signing statements declared unconstitutional.

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