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Line item veto Constitutional Amendment

This suggestion has been hashed around for a long time. Forty-seven States of the fifty have line-item veto provisions. It would allow Congress to fill their bills with earmarks and boondoggles as much as they wished, but all would be subject to separate veto by the President.

This is from the 106th Congress House of Representatives

JANUARY 6, 1999
Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania (for himself and Mr. BALDACCI) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow an item veto of appropriation bills.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
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”The President may disapprove any item of appropriation in any bill. If any bill is approved by the President, any item of appropriation contained therein which is not disapproved shall become law. The President shall return with his objections any item of appropriation disapproved to the House in which the bill containing such item originated. The Congress may, in the manner prescribed under section 7 of article I for bills disapproved by the President, reconsider any item disapproved under this article.”

Mr. CANADY. Under the proposed amendment, the President would have the power to veto any item of appropriation and any bill. The President then would be required to return the vetoed item to Congress along with his objections. As with any piece of legislation, Congress would still have the opportunity to override the President’s veto by a two-thirds vote of both Houses.

More here. And here.


Written by Tom Fox

07/29/2011 at 4:43 pm

Posted in Politics

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