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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4890, Legislative Line Item Veto Act of 2006

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4890, LEGISLATIVE LINE ITEM VETO ACT OF 2006

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Mr. BRADLEY of New Hampshire. Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Florida, and special thanks to Mr. Ryan for his hard work trying to thread the needle and bring forward a bill that is constitutional, which, while not perfect, certainly is an important step in the right direction.

Why is this an important step? It shines the light on special-interest spending, whether it is earmarks or whether it is special-interest tax breaks.

Citizens Against Government Waste estimated that there were nearly 10,000 of these special-interest projects in last year's appropriations bill, totaling $29 billion, and so it is, in my opinion, extremely appropriate that we shine the light on this special-interest spending.

The substitute, which our friends on the other side of the aisle have talked about, would have further restricted this bill to make it almost meaningless by exempting large swaths of the Federal spending from this rescission authority.

We need to go forward with this bill. I would remind my friends on the other side of the aisle, it has bipartisan support. There were four members of the Budget Committee that voted for it.

Let us vote for it today and let the President have this opportunity to shine the light on unnecessary spending.

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