Federal agencies ignored 30 percent of the laws Bush objected to in signing statements last year, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. In 2006, President Bush issued signing statements for 11 out of the 12 appropriations bills passed by Congress, claiming a right to bypass a total of 160 provisions in them.
In a sample set of 19 provisions, the GAO found that "10 provisions were executed as written, 6 were not, and 3 were not triggered and so there was no agency action to examine."
If the congress ever got enough guts to impeach Bush, this should be the offense that is front and center. Through his use of signing statements, Bush has recklessly and deliberately destroyed the balance of powers and usurped complete authority for himself.
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