SIGNING STATEMENTSPresident Obama ordered executive officials to consult with his Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. before relying on any of President Bush's signing statements to bypass laws. Bush had greatly expanded the use of signing statements -- legal documents that instruct executive officials on how to implement laws -- to bypass or overwrite elements of the bills with which he disagreed.
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