Bush adds signing statement on privacy review to security spending bill Natalie Hrubos at 7:35 PM ET
[JURIST] US President George W. Bush attached a signing statement [text] to the 2007 spending bill [DHS press release] for the Homeland Security Department [official website] Thursday, giving himself the authority to make changes to the agency's annual Privacy Office [official website] reports. Congress stated that only the Department's Privacy Officer could edit the reports, designed to ensure that the Department obeys privacy rules. Bush's statement would nonetheless allows him to construe the bill's section on privacy reports "in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch."
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