Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today praised passage of legislation designed to give the Congress and the President an important tool in the fight against irresponsible federal spending. The "Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act" (H.R. 3521) allows the President to identify specific line items in annual spending bills for elimination. Under current law, the President must sign or veto spending bills in their entirety. Under the bill, the President's decision to remove the spending items must ultimately be endorsed by Congress.
"This nation is staring at a growing $15 trillion national that threatens our economy and job growth, our national security, and our very way of life and must be dealt with today, not tomorrow," Frelinghuysen said. "This legislation gives our nation's leaders a new weapon to attack wasteful federal spending.
"Congress controls the nation's purse strings," said Frelinghuysen. "As demanded by our Constitution, this Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto Act gives Congress the last word on federal spending."
"Taken alone, the bill will not stem the tide of profligate spending in Washington," he said. "However, we must use every means possible to attack our dangerous debt."
H.R. 3521, which passed the House by a vote of 254 to 173, now goes to the U.S. Senate for its consideration.