line-item veto


: the power of a government executive to veto specific items in an appropriations bill without vetoing the bill altogether

Examples of line-item veto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly, a Democrat, will likely sign the budget but can issue line-item vetoes of individual spending items. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 In his line-item veto, Gordon listed questions of constitutionality and raised concerns about providing significant funding to education savings accounts in light of Wyoming’s boom-and-bust budget cycle. USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 The final product will go back to the governor, who has line-item veto power. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 After that, Youngkin can use his line-item veto, and the General Assembly will have to return to reconcile any changes. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 The union argued that the debt ceiling actually amounts to a line-item veto for the president to wield at his own discretion. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 May 2023 DeSantis used a line-item veto in June to reject a $5 million federal grant to set up a rebate program for Floridians who retrofit their homes with energy efficient appliances. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2023 Finally, Kotek used a line-item veto to give the state more time to recruit and screen new members for the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission, Oregon Growth Board and Oregon Education Council. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2023 The Supreme Court previously struck down a line-item veto in the 1998 case Clinton v. New York. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of line-item veto was in 1979

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“Line-item veto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

line-item veto

: an executive veto of a specific item in an appropriations bill
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