Line-item veto authority won’t balance the federal budget, but it could be a useful tool in helping curb pork barrel spending. So the Senate should follow the House’s lead and give President Bush and future presidents the authority to veto provisions in a spending bill without vetoing the entire measure.
As Bush noted in calling for such authority this week, line-item vetoes would “shine the light of day on spending items that get passed in the dark of the night” and send “a healthy signal to the people that we’re going to be wise about how we spend their money.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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