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Upton Hails House Passage of Line-Item Veto

Upton is cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to cut spending, restore fiscal responsibility – today’s national debt equates to roughly $50,000 for every American

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Washington, DC, Feb 8, 2012 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761) | comments
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) praised today’s House passage of bipartisan legislation to give the President of the United States the power of the line-item veto.  Upton, who is a cosponsor of today’s legislation, has long championed the presidential line-item veto as a means of reducing federal spending and balancing the budget.  Forty-four states including Michigan already give their governor some form of line-item veto authority.  The Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Recessions Act of 2011 (H.R. 3521) passed the House by a vote of 254 to 173, and now heads to the Senate for consideration. 

“In the past three years, our national debt has ballooned to historic proportions – from roughly $10.6 trillion when President Obama took office to more than $15 trillion today,” said Upton.  “It is simply astounding when you consider that our $15 trillion national debt equates to nearly $50,000 for every American man, woman, and child.  The President and the Congress, regardless of party, should have every budgetary tool at their disposal as we work to put our nation’s fiscal house back in order.  This is another positive step in the fight to cut spending and reduce the size of government.”

Under this long-overdue legislation, the President would have the authority to rescind provisions of enacted appropriations bills that reach his desk, subject to congressional approval.  The veto would apply only to discretionary spending in spending measures.  Congress, in an expedited up-or-down vote, would have to approve the President’s request to cut a line item.  Unlike the version of the line-item veto that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1990s, H.R. 3521 passes constitutional muster by requiring congressional approval of the President’s proposed recessions.

Upton supports a number of reforms to reduce spending and balance the federal budget.  Among other things, Upton is an original cosponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (H.J.Res.2).
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