The Boston Globe’s Charlie Savage writes, “Lawmakers and human rights activists sharply criticized President Bush yesterday for issuing a signing statement that they said has undermined congressional efforts” to pressure the Sudanese government to crack down on the genocide in Darfur. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said:
The president was entitled to oppose the bill, the president was entitled to have the State Department lobby against it. He was even entitled to veto it. What he is not entitled to do is, having failed in those efforts, and having declined to veto it, to then unilaterally undermine it by a signing statement which will vitiate its intended effect.