As reported by Think Progress: Federal agencies ignored 30 percent of the laws Bush objected to in signing statements last year, according to a report released today [actually, June 18, 2007] 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.”
The report, which was requested by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd (D-WV), gives the first indication of the impact that President Bush’s signing statements have had on the enforcement of laws passed by Congress.
csm says: This is yet another example showing how this president flouts the law to his own means, caring predominantly about his narrow interests than what is best for the USA.