Day 51: Memorandum on presidential signing statements

Today on the official white house website, Obama released a memo restricting the use of presidential signing statements, and urging agency reviews of all such actions, old as well as new. Perhaps this could shed light on past abuses of executive powers, and even possibly revert some of the Bush doctrines.

To ensure that all signing statements previously issued are followed only when consistent with these principles, executive branch departments and agencies are directed to seek the advice of the Attorney General before relying on signing statements issued prior to the date of this memorandum as the basis for disregarding, or otherwise refusing to comply with, any provision of a statute.