Skip to comments.House votes to give Obama limited line-item veto [The House voted 254-173, with 57 Democrats]
Posted on 02/08/2012 5:05:02 PM PST by Sub-Driver
House votes to give Obama limited line-item veto 7:21pm EST
By David Lawder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama a limited line-item veto authority on Wednesday in a rare display of bipartisanship on bitterly divisive spending and budget issues.
The House voted 254-173, with 57 Democrats joining Republicans in favoring the bill, which allows the president to propose elimination of individual items in spending legislation and subject them to a separate, second vote by Congress.
Sponsored by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Budget Committee, the line-item veto bill had strong support from the White House. Many presidents have sought line-item vetoes over the years as a tool to chip away at wasteful spending.
Currently, the president must sign or veto spending bills in their entirety.
A Republican-controlled Congress in 1996 gave Democratic President Bill Clinton a full line-item veto authority that required a two-thirds majority to override and reinsert spending measures.
But the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1998, saying it took spending powers away from Congress.
The bill passed on Wednesday tries to get around the constitutional problem by subjecting vetoed items to a second vote in Congress.
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What have I missed here? And why would they vote to give the king any more power than he has already taken?
“Harry, what am I supposed to do with this?”
Hardly rare since they've done nothing this entire time but kiss his behind.
I wonder what the GOOBers have been smoking. They need to spread some around to the taxpayers.
Every one, both democrat and republican, who passed this bill are damn traitors, idiots, fools and liars and should be run out of America for the rest of their ignorant dumb as a bag of rocks stupidity.
What is wrong with the DC Congress. Is the water poisoned there. Has the idiots of the rino side lost every lick of sense they have?
Good Lord, are they crazy?
Giving a liberal an opportunity to CUT spending and reduce the size/scope of government in an election year is a symbolic gesture at most. Is prevents Obama from campaigning on rhetoric against “wasteful Washington spending”, when Obama holds a line-item veto pen.
Honestly name one thing Obama is going to cut this year?
I do believe they put stupid into the Washington DC water supply.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?!!!
Ever play poker?
Obama needs to be impeached not given more power.
Obama is piling on trillions more in debt on us, letting in millions of immigrants, growing the government , sending our jobs to China,censoring the Internet with ACTA, and has committed many other crimes against America.Obama must be impeached. He has abused Power using the EPA, ACTA, and net neutrality to go around Congress and the people.
The left and Obama want to destroy the U.S. border ,U.S. sovereignty and so the U.S.: they are doing it with illegals, immigrants and "free trade"
Fools. They just made themselves obsolete.
“Honestly name one thing Obama is going to cut this year?”
Amy, Navy, Air Force, Marines...
I play Chess.
So what do you think, the repubbies are bluffing and really won’t shoot themselves in the head?