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djones520
05-28-2011, 06:04 PM
Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is questioning President Obama's use of an autopen in signing an extension of the Patriot Act.

In a letter Friday, Graves asks Obama to confirm that he saw the law prior to its autopen signing.

"Mr. President, I write to request your confirmation that S. 990, as passed by Congress, was presented to you prior to the autopen signing, as well as a detailed, written explanation of your Constitutional authority to assign a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed into law," Graves wrote.



Obama signed the bill into law late Thursday night. The autopen was used because the president was in France, meeting with G8 leaders, and the bill's provisions expired at midnight.

Graves cited Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution, which says that the president must sign a bill to approve it into law.

"Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it," the article reads.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/163683-gop-rep-questions-obamas-use-of-autopen-in-signing-patriot-act

They couldn't print a copy in France to sign?

I'm fuzzy on the legality of all of this, but I do think it's a bit wrong that he didn't even look at something as big as that before letting some machine sign it for him.

fettpett
05-28-2011, 10:44 PM
right, like what is wrong with them emailing a copy to the President and having him sign in over there

Lanie
05-30-2011, 09:31 PM
Obama is a dickhead. People didn't vote for Obama so he could act like Bush.

fettpett
05-31-2011, 06:28 PM
Obama is a dickhead. People didn't vote for Obama so he could act like Bush.

so, show us when and how many times Bush did something like this, don't blanket state something as stupid as that

djones520
05-31-2011, 06:37 PM
Obama is a dickhead. People didn't vote for Obama so he could act like Bush.

Ok, first part, probable. Second part... what?