Republicans Challenge Obama's Use of Autopen Signatures

Jun 17, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Along with using his actual signature on the Patriot Act extension, the letter that was written suggested that the President abstain from using the signature technology for authorizing bills.

Ronald Reagan was the first U.S. President to use an automatic signature to authorize legislation. Thirty years later, a group of Republican congressmen have asked President Obama to stop using the technology, as they wish the current leader to use an actual pen to sign laws.

A letter that was written by 21 members of the House of Representatives urged the President to sign the Patriot Act extension by hand, in an effort to sustain the legitimacy of the document, according to CBS.

The move by the members of congress came after Obama had to sign the original legislation using an automatic signature pen while he was in France at the G8 summit, the news source reported.

Along with using his actual signature on the Patriot Act extension, the letter that was written suggested that the President abstain from using the signature technology for authorizing bills, according to The Hill.

The use of the autopen has been questioned previously, but rulings by the Supreme Court have upheld its legitimacy. Legislation that was passed in 2005 allowed former President George W. Bush to use the technology, the news source reported.