February 4, 2011
Researching Bush and Obama Presidential Signing Statements
Check out Joyce Green's Presidential Signing Statements which identifies all signing statements from 2001 through President Obama's most recent signing statement on the defense spending bill. The site also lists all statutes subjected to presidential signing statements and offers an informative FAQ. Law profs Neil Kinkopf (Georgia State) and Peter Shane (OSU) have published their updated and now complete compilation of Bush signing statements on SSRN. See Signed Under Protest: A Database of Presidential Signing Statements, 2001-2009 (Version 2.0).
Hat tip to Steven Schwinn's (John Marshall Law School (Chicago)) Constitutuional Law Prof Blog post for calling attention to both resources. See Schwinn's post for commentary: "These signing statements do more than merely object to particular provisions in legislation signed by the President; they also state the President's intention not to enforce or comply with those provisions." [JH]