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News About Signing Statements



Statement or Remarks upon Signing the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act

On March 6, 2014, the White House released a statement by President Obama concerning the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act. On March 14, 2014, the GPO's Compilation of Presidential Documents reported this document as a bill signing statement. Thus, this website is now reporting it as a bill signing statement. This is President Obama's 26th signing statement.


 

Signing Statement for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

On December 26, 2013, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 3304, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The full text of the signing statement is available here and on the White House website.

This is President Obama's 25th signing statement.




Signing Statement for
the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

The GPO's Compliation of Presidential Documents has classified President Obama's statement concerning S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act as a bill signing statement. Therefore, this website is reporting it the same way. This statement is a ceremonial signing statement which raises no constitutional issues or objections. It is President Obama's 24th signing statement.


Signing Statement for H.R. 2490

The GPO's Compliation of Presidential Documents has classified President Obama's statement concerning H.R. 2490, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, as a bill signing statement. Therefore, this website is reporting it the same way.


"Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act"

On November 21, 2013, the White House posted a document titled "Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act." The document does not take the usual form for a bill signing statement, and it appears to be more in the nature of bill signing remarks made after the signing. If the GPO's Compilation of Presidential Documents classifies this document as a bill signing statement, this website will present it as a bill signing statement.


"Statement by the President on H.R. 2094"

On November 14, 2013, the White House posted a document dated November 13, 2013, and titled "Statement by the President on H.R. 2094." The document does not take the usual form for a bill signing statement, and it appears to be more in the nature of bill signing remarks. If the GPO's Compilation of Presidential Documents classifies the document as a bill signing statement, this website will present it as a bill signing statement.


Obama Issues Signing Statement for H.R. 1151

On July 12, 2013, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 1151, an Act concerning participation of Taiwan in the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 22nd signing statement.


Notable Commentary by John Elwood

John Elwood, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, has posted interesting comments on the legal blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, concerning President Obama's signing statement for HR 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

Mr. Elwood's comments about the unitary executive are particularly interesting and deserve notice.


H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013."

On January 3, 2013, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 4310, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013."

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 21st signing statement.


Correction/Update

On Friday, February 10, 2012, the White House released a document titled "Statement by President Obama upon Signing the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012." The Office of the Federal Register classified the document in the Compilation of Presidential Documents as a statement by the President, rather than as a bill signing statement. Therefore, this website initially did not treat the document as a signing statment.

On September 26, 2012, I checked this document again. The Office of the Federal Register has reclassified this document. Therefore, I am also presenting it as a signing statement.


Obama Issues Signing Statement for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

On December 31, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 1540, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012."

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 19th signing statement.


Obama Issues Signing Statement for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

On December 23, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 2055, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012."

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 18th signing statement.


Obama Issues Signing Statement for the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

On April 15, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 1473, the "Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011." 

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 17th signing statement.


Signing Statement Released for H.R. 4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011

On April 14, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011.

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 16th signing statement.


Obama Issues Signing Statement for the Defense Spending Bill

On January 7, 2011, the White House released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 6523, the "Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011." 

The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 15th signing statement.


Obama May Issue Signing Statement for Guantanamo Provisions in Defense Bill

January 3, 2011 - Dafna Linzer reports, at ProPublica, that the Obama administration may issue a signing statement for the defense spending bill, stating:

"Some Administration officials are recommending that President Obama sign the spending bill and then issue a “signing statement” challenging at least some of the Guantanamo provisions as intrusions on his constitutional authority. Others have recommended that he express opposition to the Guantanamo sections without addressing their constitutionality.

"The statement, officials said, would likely be released along with a new executive order that outlined review procedures for some -- but not all -- of the 174 Guantanamo prisoners still held without charge or trial.

"Obama has used signing statements in the past, but this one would carry political significance as the first test of his relationship with a Congress in which the House is firmly in Republican control. "

The full article, "Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama’s Options for Guantanamo," is available at Pro Publica's website.

January 4, 2011 - The Washington Post published a similar article, "White House may challenge bill's Guantanamo provisions." Charlie Savage, at the New York Times, has weighed in with his article, "Obama Aides Lean Against Bypass of Guantánamo Rules."


Signing Statement for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

On January 3, 2011, the White House Press Office released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 14th signing statement.


Signing Statement for the Claims Resolution Act of 2010

On December 8, 2010, the White House Press Office released President Obama's signing statement for H.R. 4783, the "Claims Resolution Act of 2010." The full text of the signing statement is available here and at the White House website.

This is Obama's 13th signing statement.


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