“We need to restore balance to our government,” said Jay Buckey, a Democratic
candidate for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. “I support Carol Shea-Porter's recent
proposal to ban the use of Presidential Signing Statements as the basis for legal
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) has recently introduced H.R. 3045: The Presidential
Signing Statements Act to the House of Representatives. This bill would prohibit the use
of Signing Statements as grounds for legal decisions. It states: "In determining the
meaning of any Act of Congress, no Federal or State court shall rely on or defer to a
presidential signing statement as a source of authority." Arlen Specter (R-PA) has
previously introduced a similar bill in the Senate.
“The only way to get our country back on track will be through more civic involvement to
elect people who will work through our problems in Congress. Carol Shea-Porter is
showing us the right way to do this,” said Buckey.
“Congress makes the laws, not the President,” Buckey added. “The Supreme Court, not
the President, decides it they’re constitutional. If the President has a problem with a bill
the best approach is to communicate this to Congress and if this doesn’t work the
President can veto the bill.”
About Jay Buckey:
Jay Buckey, M.D. is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. He
flew as a payload specialist astronaut on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998, and he also
served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for eight years. He is currently a professor of
medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He and his family live in Hanover, NH.