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Topic: Federal Legislative History and Analysis — Presidential Signing Statements

Tools and resources for researching the evolution of a law using the primary documents - the bill, committee reports, hearings, etc. - and secondary analysis of the legislation and federal policy.

Presidential Signing Statements

Presidential signing statements - or messages accompanying a veto - can be noted in legislative histories and are published in the sources listed below. (Example: George W. Bush's signing statement on the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005). Signing statements are reproduced in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and Compilation of Presidential Documents.