line-item veto


Definition of 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 The lawsuit is the result of a single line-item veto Dunleavy made in a season of contentious budget cutting. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawsuit over Dunleavy court system abortion veto now in hands of judge," 6 Nov. 2019 The bill does not include any appropriations, which likely means Evers cannot use his line-item veto authority. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers have two days to act on coronavirus relief bill as they face criticism over its treatment of first responders," 15 Apr. 2020 Northam is expected to sign the legislation, which funded a lot of his priorities, but the governor also has the power to enact line-item vetoes. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia General Assembly passes budget with tax hikes, spending increases," 13 Mar. 2020 Dunleavy responded by issuing more than a hundred and eighty line-item vetoes, which totalled four hundred and forty-four million dollars in funding. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, "Why Alaskans Are Trying to Recall Their Governor," 5 Mar. 2020 To attempt to get her way, she line-item vetoed a budget passed in the legislature with broad bipartisan... WSJ, "Oh Come on, Oh Come On, Mayor Emanuel," 25 Feb. 2020 In signing the budget Thursday morning, DeWine also issued 25 line-item vetoes, most of which were health-care related. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs state budget bill; nixes ‘price transparency’ measures," 18 July 2019 Her 147 line-item vetoes totaled a historic $947 million. David Eggert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes," 30 Sep. 2019 Her 147 line-item vetoes totaled a historic $947 million. Washington Post, "Michigan governor signs budget with $1B in line-item vetoes," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of line-item veto

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Line-item veto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of line-item veto

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

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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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