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 Specific to the line-item veto, any implication the state can pressure a court to rule a certain way to safeguard its budget sends a discouraging message, the opinion states. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2021 Republicans introduced the tax repeal as a bill to prevent Evers from using his broad line-item veto power to make changes to it, Stroebel said. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 However, Whitmer has line-item veto power on budget bills. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021 Brown notified Democratic leaders in the House and Senate of her line-item veto on Tuesday. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney declined comment when asked whether the governor would use his line-item veto power to strike the Senate language about municipal broadband programs, should that language remain in the final bill. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 15 June 2021 Abbott has even threatened a line-item veto that would deny pay to legislators and their staff members. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021 In 2019, Evers used Wisconsin governors' broad line-item veto authority to reshape the spending plan and ended up increasing funding for schools using that power. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2021 Texas also gives the governor the authority to line-item veto any bills that allocate state dollars, namely the massive two-year budget approved by lawmakers during each session. Author: Madlin Mekelburg, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of line-item veto

1979, in the meaning defined above

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

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25 Jul 2021

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“Line-item veto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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