House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3521: Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011
Since the House cannot get its act together to cut spending, lets give Obama more power. So much for the Tea Party.Ryan fails to appreciate that in the future the GOP may not have control of the House and able to recind the cuts. For individual votes, click on the various “Blue Sorts” below. Gov Track
|Number:||House Vote #46 in 2012 [primary source: house.gov]|
|Date:||Feb 8, 2012 4:17PM|
|Bill:||H.R. 3521: Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011|
The 254-173 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a bill that gives the president the line-item veto, or authority to pick out specific items in spending bills for elimination.
The bill differs from the line-item veto authority that President Clinton had in the mid- to late 1990s, which he could use to veto specific spending proposals within an overall bill. That authority was found to be unconstitutional, since it gave the executive branch the power of the purse, which rightly belongs to Congress. Sure glad we found a way to fix that! The Constitution can be so annoying!
The bill approved today would allow the president to make rescission recommendations, within 45 days of passage, that have to be acted on by Congress.
The lead sponsors of the bill, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), said the required action by Congress means it is consistent with the Constitution.
During debate, that assertion was challenged by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said the bill is enough of a shift of power toward the executive branch and away from the Congress that it raises constitutional questions.
“The line-item veto would weaken that power, shifting budgetary authority to the executive branch and giving the president a power that our founding fathers did not see fit to give him,” Rogers said. “The framers would surely shake their heads at the idea of transferring this much authority to the executive branch.”
The debate split Republicans on the Appropriations and Budget committees, and some Budget Committee members rose to the defense of the bill by saying Congress has shown an unwillingness to use its authority to cut spending.
“Spending has run rampant in Washington, and it’s because ‘no’ is not a word that Congress is used to when it comes to spending,” Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) said.
One member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), bucked his GOP colleagues on that committee and said he supports the bill.
“I lose no sleep at night over whether a president of my party or the other party can take action to … send back some spending that we have done here and force Congress reaffirm it,” he said. Full StoryThe Hill