(CNN)– Twenty-one House members are demanding President Obama re-sign the recently-renewed Patriot Act–this time, in person.
Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves sent a letter sent Friday to the White House–signed by the 21 members–calling for the President to abandon the use of autopen in signing bills passed by Congress.
On May 26, Obama was away in Europe when the Patriot Act's extension bill came across his desk with a midnight deadline. In order to meet the time demand, the White House signed the bill by autopen, a tool that copies an individual's exact signature, to sign the legislation.
Lawmakers, including the President, often use the device on Christmas cards, photographs, and letters mailed en masse.
But Graves says the autopen has no place on bills that become law. The congressman has been critical of the president's technical signature since it happened in May, but in the letter sent to Obama, he and other representatives wrote the practice "appears contrary to the Constitution."
With the Constitution written far before technology like the autopen was invented, the clause in Article I, Section 7 does not outline specific rules for the president's signature. It simply states: "If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it."
This isn't the first time a president's signature has been the subject of debate. In 2005, President George W. Bush's Office of Legal Counsel said a president didn't have to physically sign a bill, as long as he approves it. This gave Bush authority to direct surrogates to sign bills for him.
However, Graves cites in his letter several dissenting opinions to the 2005 decision and claims the issue could go to court. Along with asking the president to re-sign the bill, the letter also brings up Obama's Oath of Office redo.
"We recall you retaking the Oath of Office on January 21, 2009, over similar concerns for adhering to the Constitution, and believe your signing legislation passed by the United States Congress is of equal importance," the letter said.
This is the second time Graves has reached out to the White House on the subject. The letter states he has yet to receive a response from the president.
- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.