line-item veto

noun

Definition of line-item veto 

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

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The Supreme Court declared the line-item veto unconstitutional almost 20 years ago. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.," 23 Mar. 2018 There was no immediate word on when Snyder, who has line-item veto power on budget bills, would sign the budget bills and announce any vetoes. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's crumbling roads get $300M extra in state budget," 12 June 2018 The governor also issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Parson signs budget that blocks funding to Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics," 29 June 2018 Unlike North Carolina, some governors have line-item veto. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Here's why NC governors don't like one constitutional amendment: 'You have to kill a snake'," 28 June 2018 Senior legislative attorney Bob Drummer said a line-item veto could be overruled only by a supermajority — six votes on the nine-member council. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Montgomery County executive threatens rare veto over storm water proposal," 17 May 2018 The line-item veto would have allowed a president to strike specific spending items in a bill while allowing the rest of the appropriations to become law. azcentral, "Taking on Washington establishment, John McCain becomes the 'maverick'," 2 Apr. 2018 In 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott used the line-item veto to defund the state’s Colonia Initiatives Program. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis," 12 Feb. 2018 Today’s line-item veto debate goes back to Richard Nixon’s battle with Congress. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Yes, Congress could give Trump a line-item veto. And it might want to.," 9 Apr. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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line-item veto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of line-item veto

: a power that allows a president, governor, etc., to officially reject specific parts of a proposed bill without rejecting the entire bill

line-item veto

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Legal Definition of line-item veto 

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

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