Speaking to reporter Charlie Savage, who broke the story, Specter said:
There is some need for some oversight by Congress to assert its authority here. What's the point of having a statute if . . . the president can cherry-pick what he likes and what he doesn't like.
The hearing will be held next month.
Speaking about Bush, Specter noted:
He put a signing statement on the Patriot Act. He put a signing statement on the torture issue. It's a very blatant encroachment on [Congress's constitutional] powers. If he doesn't like the bill, let him veto it.