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

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The university’s supporters have embarked on a desperate scramble to persuade lawmakers to override the governor’s line-item veto, which would reduce the operating funds the university system gets from the state by 41 percent. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline," 7 July 2019 Rotunda Rumblings Power of the pen: Gov. Mike DeWine signed his first state budget bill on Thursday, but not before issuing 25 line-item vetoes. Laura Hancock,, "DeWine vetoes health care price ‘transparency’ items in budget: Capitol Letter," 19 July 2019 Through line-item vetoes, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cut $444 million from the $8.3-billion state operating budget that took effect July 1. Los Angeles Times, "Alaska is reeling from budget cuts, even as governor wants to pay each resident $3,000," 19 July 2019 Abbott later used his line-item veto to strike a $132 million rehabilitation of the site from the state budget. Madison Iszler,, "Historic, run-down building on near East Side set to be demolished," 16 July 2019 Along with the announcement about the WCHA, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, using his line-item veto power, slashed $130 million in state funding for the University of Alaska system. Randy Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "WCHA’s demise stems from geography, struggling programs," 4 July 2019 Most states maintain a form of line-item veto power in which governors must fully accept or reject appropriations or corresponding provisions within the bill as passed by the Legislature. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers proves once again that Wisconsin governors have the broadest veto powers in the U.S.," 3 July 2019 Faulconer chose not to use his line-item veto power to make changes to the budget, which the City Council approved last week in an 8-1 vote after adding a few million dollars in last-minute expenditures. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego mayor signs $4.3B budget focused on homelessness, neighborhoods," 20 June 2019 The Republican signed a $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of line-item veto

1979, in the meaning defined above

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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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