Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dubya the Dictator: 1,200 Signing Statements

This is an old statistic, but I forgot how many signing statements former president George W. Bush inked during his eight years. From the New York Times:

Since the 19th century, presidents have occasionally signed a bill while declaring that one or more provisions were unconstitutional. The practice became more frequent with the Reagan administration, but it initially drew little attention.

That changed under Mr. Bush, who broke all records, using signing statements to challenge about 1,200 sections of bills over his eight years in office, about twice the number challenged by all previous presidents combined, according to data compiled by Christopher Kelley, a political science professor at Miami University in Ohio.

- Brewskie

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