In recent decades, presidents have started to routinely use "signing statements" to claim a constitutional right to bypass provisions of bills they are signing into law. These statements serve as a way for presidents to express their interpretation of the legislation and assert their executive power. However, the use of signing statements has sparked controversy and debate, particularly regarding their impact on the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government.
Presidential Foundations and Centers across the United States, for the first time, have issued a joint statement regarding the future of our nation's democracy. They emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in the use of signing statements, calling for a more balanced approach that respects the intent of Congress while upholding the president's constitutional authority.
President Trump released a scathing signing statement about the Russia sanctions bill he signed into law on Wednesday. This statement highlighted his concerns about certain provisions and signaled his intention to interpret and implement the law in a manner consistent with his administration's foreign policy objectives.