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Item veto -- United States

View Resource S. 4: Line Item Veto Act (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

Full text of a major piece of legislation recently signed into law by the President is available via the Internet. The "Line Item Veto Act" (PL 104-130) gives the President, for the first time in American history, the power to veto parts of bills. The HTML versions can be viewed by section.
View Resource Clinton, President of the United States, et al., v. City of New York et al.

On June 25, 1998, the US Supreme Court struck down the line-item veto law that allowed the president to reject specific items in tax and spending measures. The 6-3 decision said the law violates that part of the Constitution requiring every bill to be presented to the president for his approval or veto. The Constitution does not, in the Court's opinion, allow a partial-veto. The Legal Information...