Today, from Hawaii President Obama used an autopen to sign into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which is the legislation to advert the fiscal cliff.
|By: emptywheel Friday May 27, 2011 6:04 am|
Chuck Todd improperly called signing the PATRIOT Act with an autopen “robosigning.” They’re not actually the same thing. Robosigning as currently used is when a poorly paid live person signs a name to a document (though maybe not the one whose name gets signed), claiming to attest to the accuracy of documents without actually doing so. By ordering that PATRIOT be signed using his autopen, Obama gave the law the full weight of law, yet without actually signing the document.