June 28, 2006

Judiciary committee to investigate President Bush’s signing statements, his interest in sleeping with Ashley Judd

Posted in political satire at 5:22 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Terri Firma

The Seante Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation into signing statements attached to legislation that goes to the President’s desk for signature, particularly a recent signing statements that states that the President may sleep with actress Ashley Judd anytime he wants. The signing statement was attached to a piece of provisional legislation for shortening the approval process for new deeds of federal land, but another recent signing statement allowed that he drive his car as fast as he wants, and was attached to an agricultural subsidy bill.

This is in the aftermath of increased scrutiny of the President’s legislative signing statements when it was reported in the Boston Globe that he has attached upwards of 600 such statements to bills signed into law after clearing Congress. He had previously signed legislation that barred torture and overseas detention of prisoners, and wire-tapping of American citizens after stipulating that he would follow the law “except when I don’t want to.” Previous Presidents have used signing statements far more sparingly, and have seldom used them to influence their executive prerogative, the speed with which they drive their cars or how they might interact with famous celebrities like Ms. Judd.

As he has on previous occasions before the Senate Committee, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales chose to respond to Senators questioning the practice, “All that this involves is for me to know and you to find out.”

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