WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar is among 13 senators who signed on during the August recess to a modified version of the line-item veto, her office confirmed today.
In plain English, the bill sponsored by would give the president 45 days to pick out a list of earmarks and unrequested spending that he or she doesn’t like. Congress would then vote up or down to keep or remove the whole list. If both the House and Senate agreed to delete the spending measures, they’d be assigned to deficit reduction.
The measure was originially sponsored by Arizona Republican John McCain and Wisconsin and Delaware Democrats Russ Feingold and Tom Carper. It now has backing from 12 Democratic senators and 10 Republicans.
A nearly identical proposal to the one Klobuchar has signed on to was floated earlier this year by President Obama, who became the latest in a string of chief executives to request a line-item veto-type power.
A strict line-item veto, in which the president is allowed to delete words, lines or phrases from bills, was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Clinton before being ruled unconstitutional in 1998 by the Supreme Court.