House Passes Ryan's Line-Item Veto Bill to Target, Remove Wasteful Spending
The House of Representatives today voted by a bipartisan 247-172 to approve the Legislative Line-Item Veto Act of 2006 (H.R. 4890), introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to give the President and Congress an effective tool to target and remove wasteful and unnecessary spending items in completed bills. This legislation will shine the light of day on the spending process in Congress, improve accountability, and deter Members of Congress from requesting funding for wasteful earmarks.
With the legislative line-item veto, the President would have the authority to single out individual pork-barrel spending items in bills that arrive on his desk for signature and send these specific line items back to Congress for an up-or-down vote within 14 legislative days on whether to rescind funding for these spending provisions. Similarly, the President would be able to request the rescission of targeted special-interest tax breaks.
By separating questionable individual items from larger bills and subjecting these items to a vote on their own merits, the legislative line-item veto will make lawmakers more accountable for their spending requests and give the President and Congress an opportunity to get rid of wasteful provisions that may have been added to bills during final negotiations.
"Our version of the line-item veto will help the President and Congress work together to get rid of unnecessary and unjustifiable spending and deter such spending requests in the first place. It is part of our larger drive to eliminate wasteful spending and bring greater accountability and transparency to Washington," Ryan said. "While earmark reforms will help us identify and target abuse at the front of the process, the line-item veto will be an effective backstop to prevent wasteful spending from getting through at the end of the process."
"I would like to thank the House leadership for bringing this bill to a floor vote and advancing this key reform, as well as everyone whose hard work led to its successful passage," Ryan said.
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