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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Line-item veto strange bedfellows: Feingold, Ryan, McCain

Legislation, Politics, President Obama, TAXES, United States

It is said that politics makes strange bedfellows. The lawmakers backing legislation to bring back line-item veto power to the president would be an example of that phenomena.


I know John McCain has "reached across the isle" to Russ Feingold before with campaign finance reform. (They should have kept the bundling board on that one!) But this time conservative Congressman Paul Ryan is joining in. This time I think the cause is worth joining forces for.  Feingold, Ryan join McCain bill for line item veto:


The Wisconsin lawmakers joined Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Wednesday to reintroduce the legislation. The Supreme Court struck down previous line item veto legislation in 1998, and subsequent efforts to pass it did not gain traction.


The president should have a line-item veto. President Ronald Reagan spoke about the need for the line-item veto power in his 1986 State of the Union address, "Tonight I ask you to give me what forty-three governors have: Give me a line-item veto this year. Give me the authority to veto waste, and I'll take the responsibility, I'll make the cuts, I'll take the heat."


President Clinton also requested it in his State of the Union address in 1995. He got it for about 2 minutes when Sen. Bob Dole and John McCain's Line-Item Veto Act of 1996 passed. The Supreme Court struck it down, however, because they said "it took away too much of the US Congress's authority over spending under the US Constitution." 


I am not sure President Obama really wants it though. He seems to like spending money without having to be accountable. Without a line item-veto, he can hide behind the all or nothing approach to budget bills.


President Bush is bashed for his deficits. President Obama is blaming him for the pork in the present Omnibus bill, yet is doing nothing to eliminate some of those 8,000-some earmarks. As for Bush's deficit spending, keep in mind that often to get his war budget passed, he had to swallow hard and sign on to the pork and Christmas treeing of added spending.


"Feingold, Ryan and McCain say their bill was tweaked to make it constitutional."  I hope this attempt at a line-item veto will pass and pass Supreme Court muster!


Paul Ryan on Line-Item Veto 

Want to thank Feingold, Ryan and McCain for trying? (Encouragement is as important as voicing displeasure.) Senators  Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323, John McCain (202) 224-2235, and Congressman Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031 (You must call if you don't live in his district or email him directly


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