Senate Candidate Jay Buckey Signing Statement Release

“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.