The Constitutionality of Presidential Signing Statements

Faith Joseph Jackson, “The Constitutionality of Presidential Signing Statements: A Note on H.R. 5993 – The Presidential Signing Statements Act of 2008,” 35 Journal of Legislation 1 (2009).


This legislative note will examine H.R. 5993, the Presidential Signing Statement Act of 2008, by addressing the history of presidential signing statements, the use of presidential signing statements by recent administrations, and what gave rise to the American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and Separation of Powers Doctrine.   This paper will also discuss the contents of H.R. 5993, the likelihood of it passing muster through Congress and the executive branch, and if so, its impact on current administration and its immediate successor.”