July 16, 2006:
NOTE: We learned about this issue through the Results website.
The House has passed the legislative line item veto bill, and as of mid-July, media reports said the Senate was likely to take up this idea. The Line-Item Veto Act (H.R. 4890/S. 2381) gives the President wide-ranging authority to cut entitlement programs and would allow the president to sign appropriations acts and tax and entitlement legislation, and then strike specific provisions from them. Thus, the president could, if he chose, eliminate all funding for the 91 programs he proposed to eliminate in his February 2006 budget. For more details see the analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). See also testimony by Cristina Martin Firvida of the National Women's Law Center.
We wrote to our two Florida Senators and also Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH) asking them to oppose this legislation. Please tell your senators to vote against this possibly unconstitutional power grab by the White House.