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 long-time Apache County supervisor from Chinle championed the only voter initiative approved on the reservation that reduced the number of tribal lawmakers from 88 to 24 and secured a presidential line-item veto. Felicia Fonseca, The Seattle Times, "Navajos advance 2 seasoned politicians vying for presidency," 28 Aug. 2018 Under Florida law, the governor can sign the overall bill but use his line-item veto to eliminate the money set aside for arming school staff members. Brendan Farrington,, "Fla. governor urged to block plan to arm teachers," 9 Mar. 2018 There’s little evidence that a line-item veto would reduce deficits. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Yes, Congress could give Trump a line-item veto. And it might want to.," 9 Apr. 2018 The Supreme Court ruled that the presidential line-item veto was unconstitutional in 1998. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Trump’s Calls To End Filibuster, Revive Line-Item Veto Are Likely to Go Unanswered," 23 Mar. 2018 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

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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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