Ed Brayton alerts us:
This is an interesting development. Fox News reports:
A bipartisan group is giving the line-item veto another go at it, albeit with some key tweaks, more than a decade after the Supreme Court struck down the procedure as unconstitutional.
Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday will announce the introduction of a Line-Item Veto Act, which would enable the president to strike individual items like earmarks from a spending bill before signing it.
He goes on to point out that the key change that making this attempt more likely to pass constitutional muster is this (from the Fox report):
“We are proposing a line-item veto that takes a balanced approach, giving the president power to send earmarks back to Congress, and requires Congress to vote, under fast-track procedures, on whether or not those earmarks should be included in the final bill,” Feingold and Ryan wrote in an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Monday.
Brayton is has a mixed opinion on this… he points out that this might not really cut back any earmarks really, but instead it might become a negotiating tool for the executive to secure votes by threatening veto.
I’m not sure what I think of this yet, I’ll have to give it some thought. Anyone want to weigh in with thoughts or conjecture?