Friday, May 27, 2011

...okay so he didn't really sign it

as much as i did not want the president to sign the patriot act extension, i don't have any objection to the use of the autopen to sign a bill. the whole point of signing the bill is to memorialize the president's agreement. provided the president authorizes the autopen to be used, it does just that.

the legal basis for the use of the autopen is a 2005 legal memorandum, which suggests that this isn't the first time that a bill has been autopenned into law. has this been reported before for other bills?

(via memeorandum)