October 6, 2006
Chief Executive as Editor-in-Chief
|Text of Presidential Signing Statement|
|See also Jurist for coverage and additional resources: Bush adds signing statement on privacy review to security spending bill|
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The AP is reporting:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists
In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including complaints.
But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's 2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section "in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch."
More press coverage (compiled by Ron Jones):
"President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists."
"President Bush this week asserted that he has the executive authority to disobey a new law in which Congress has set minimum qualifications for future heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency."
File under "Bush beefing up his resume for editorial gig with Rupert Murdoch's New York Post." [JH]
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