[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Volume 42, Number 6 (Monday, February 13, 2006)] [Pages 215-216] [Online from the Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov] <R04> Statement on Signing the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 February 8, 2006 Today, I have signed into law S. 1932, the ``Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.'' The Act reduces unnecessary spending of taxpayer dollars, reflecting a commitment to fiscal responsibility. The executive branch shall construe section 1936(d)(2) of the Social Security Act as enacted by section 6034 of the Act, which purports to make consultation with a legislative agent a precondition to execution of the law, to call for but not mandate such consultation, as is consistent with the Constitution's provisions concerning the separate powers of the Congress to legislate and the President to execute the laws. Sections 5006(b) and 5008(c) of the Act, and section 401A(a)(2)(C) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as enacted by section 8003 of the Act, call for executive branch officials to submit legislative recommendations [[Page 216]] to the Congress. The executive branch shall construe such provisions in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and to recommend for congressional consideration such measures as the President shall judge necessary and expedient. George W. Bush The White House, February 8, 2006. Note: An original was not available for the verification of the content of this statement.