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Legislative History: Extras

Legislative history details and resources at Paley Library

Presidential Signing Statements

Once passed by both chambers, the bill then goes before the President. The President may issue a signing statement, another interpretation of the bill, and perhaps the first indication of how the executive branch will enforce the legislation.

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Public Papers of the U.S. Presidents

The Law Library of Congress has a very useful site discussing the use and authority of presidential signing statements.

Senators & Representatives

It may sound unconventional, but remember that you can contact your federal Senators and Representatives.  Sponsors have put much time and energy into drafting their bills.  They often have legislative aides in their offices to field information requests.  Consider going straight to the source. 

U.S. House Directory

U.S. Senate Directory


President's signature

Weigh in on the Presidential signing statement debate. 

The practice of Presidential signing statements has been:

abused!: 1 votes (50%)
underused!: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2