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U.S. Legislation and Regulations: Presidential Statements

A guide to public policy resources.

Signing Statements

The President may issue a statement giving reasons for support of the bill upon signing it into law. Although these statements generally do not contain any substantive analysis of the legislation, they have in recent years become the subject of controversy.

Find signing statements and more information at: 
Presidential Signing Statements - Hoover to Obama - the American Presidency Project
Or use the sources listed under "President's Views" in the next box. 

ProQuest Legislative Insight - Use the Quick or Guided search, select "presidential signing statement" from the left column and search by keyword, etc. and by Congress.

The President's Views on Legislation

The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection is composed of the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and its predecessor, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. These contain the full text of speeches, press conferences, etc.

    • Compilation of Presidential Documents. (daily & weekly) Online via Govinfo, 1993-current

      Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. 1965-2000.
      Location: J80.A8 Hodges Stacks.
    • Hein Online
      Scroll the list to search the Daily or Weekly Compilation and the Public Papers in the U.S. Presidential Library.
  • Public Papers of the Presidents Online via Govinfo. 1991 to 2005 and 2009
    A compilation of presidential documents.

    Print copies: Hodges Library stacks: J80 .A283

  • White House Web site
    Provides 'featured legislation', press releases, and the text of the President's speeches, executive orders, and proclamations.

  • Congressional Committee Documents - often include communications to the Congress from the President such as veto messages. Search ProQuest Congressional for documents associated with a bill, law, or policy issue.
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight - Use the Quick or Guided search to find legislative histories of public laws. Messages from the President are included in documents to the Congress.