Another day, another Obama broken promise. Here he is last year saying he will NOT use signing statements:
We are not going to use signing statements as a way to do a end run around Congress
President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday that includes thousands of pet projects inserted by lawmakers, even as he unveiled new rules to restrict such so-called earmarks.
At the same time, after Democrats criticized former President George W. Bush’s signing statements, Mr. Obama issued one of his own, declaring five provisions in the spending bill to be unconstitutional and nonbinding, including one aimed at preventing punishment of whistleblowers.
“We can’t have Congress bogged down at this critical juncture in our economic recovery,” Mr. Obama said. “But I also view this as a departure point for more far-reaching change.”
So basically, when HE views it as important it’s a-ok to issue those signing statements. When Bush viewed it as important it was just a end-run around Congress and the Constitution.
Oh the hypocrisy.