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Bush To Meet With Senate Judiciary Committee Concerning Abuse Of Power

June 27, 2006 9:15 a.m. EST

Richard Rittierodt - All Headline News Staff Writer

Washington DC (AHN) - Back in March, after signing Congress' renewal of the Patriot Act, the President issued a signing statement asserting his right to bypass the oversight provisions in certain circumstances.

Reportedly, President George W. Bush will be meeting on Tuesday with the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the alleged administration's abuse of power.

In an interview with the AP, the Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman Senator Arlen Specter said, "It's a challenge to the plain language of the Constitution. I'm interested to hear from the administration just what research they've done to lead them to the conclusion that they can cherry-pick."

However, the White House is going to argue that President Bush is not the first president to issue them.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says, "Signing statements have long been issued by presidents, dating back to Andrew Jackson all the way through President Clinton."

Instead of vetoing a bill, some officials feel that he is just signing statement after statement invoking his right to interpret or ignore new laws.

David Golove, a New York University law professor, says, "It means that the administration does not feel bound to enforce many new laws which Congress has passed. This raises profound rule of law concerns. Do we have a functioning code of federal laws?"



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