Presidential Proclamation

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Presidential Proclamation

Post  msistarted on Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:40 am

A Presidential Proclamation is a statement issued by a President on a matter of public policy. They are generally defined as, "The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. A written or printed document in which are contained such matters, issued by proper authority; as the president's proclamation, the governor's, the mayor's proclamation." [1]

In the United States, the President's proclamation does not have the force of law, unless authorized by Congress. If Congress were to pass an act, which would take effect upon the happening of a contingent event, and subsequently the President proclaimed that the event happened, then the proclamation would have the force of law. Presidential proclamations are also frequently employed in the US to pardon persons who have been accused of crimes or misdemeanors.

Presidential proclamations are often dismissed as a practical tool for policy making because they are considered to be largely ceremonial or symbolic in nature. However, they can be important.

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (actually consisting of two executive orders) is one of America's most famous presidential proclamations.

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