Presidential Determination


Presidential Determination

A Presidential Determination is a document issued by the White House stating a determination resulting in an official policy or position of the executive branch of the United States government. Presidential determinations may involve any number of actions, including setting or changing foreign policy, cite web
year = 1996
title = Suspending Restrictions on U.S. Relations with the Palestine Liberation Organization
publisher = White House
accessdate = 2007-07-13
url = http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/pal01.htm
] setting drug enforcement policy, cite web
year = 2007
title = Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2007
publisher = White House
accessdate = 2007-07-13
url = http://www.state.gov/p/inl/rls/prsrl/ps/72379.htm
] or any number of other exercises of executive power.

One of the most famous presidential determinations was President Clinton's Presidential Determination 95-45, which exempted the US Air Force's Area 51 from environmental disclosure laws, in response to subpoenas from a lawsuit brought by Area 51 workers alleging illegal hazardous waste disposal which resulted in injury and death.cite web
year = 2003
title = Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2007
publisher = White House
accessdate = 2007-07-13
url = http://www.state.gov/p/inl/rls/prsrl/ps/72379.htm
] Subsequent to this determination, the lawsuit was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

A presidential determination is distinguished from an Executive Order which is a directive (as distinguished from a determination) issued by the President of the United States.

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