The use of Bush`s signature statements has been and remains controversial, both for the number of people employed (more than 700 notices, although Bill Clinton has issued more) and for the obvious attempt to lift legal restrictions on his actions through statements in the statements – for example, his declaration of signature appended to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2008. Some opponents said that he did use declarations of signature as a veto per post; The Supreme Court had already had such vetoes in 1998 in Clinton v. New York City.  During President George W. Bush`s tenure, there was controversy over the president`s use of signature statements, which critics described as exceptionally extensive and altered the importance of the statutes. Alito proposed adding signature statements to a “reasonable number of bills” as a pilot project, but warned that “Congress will likely reject the fact that the president will have the final say on interpretation.”  The use of declarations of signature by presidents, which was originally rare, has gradually increased over time and has become increasingly common since the Reagan administration. . . .