Bradley: Line-Item Veto Will Help to Curb Wasteful Spending

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley, a member of the House Budget Committee, today reiterated his strong support for a presidential line-item veto, which would allow the President to eliminate wasteful spending items within appropriations bills and would require an up-or-down vote in Congress on the proposed cuts. Bradley is a cosponsor of  H.R. 4890, the "Legislative Line-Item Veto Act," which the Budget Committee marked up during a hearing this morning.

"Far too often, earmarks - which is funding for wasteful projects in members' districts - are quietly inserted in the conference reports of essential appropriations bills at the last minute. Many of these bills fund vital programs, such as resources for our troops or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, making it nearly impossible for a Member of Congress to vote against the bill," stated Bradley. "A presidential line-item veto will bring transparency and accountability to the appropriations process. It gives the President the authority to eliminate specific projects, but also retains Congress' power of the purse by giving the House and Senate the final vote on the President's proposed cuts."

H.R. 4890 will give the President the ability to eliminate specific spending items or new special-interest tax breaks in a given bill. The House and the Senate would then have to vote on the rescissions within 10 days. This ensures that Congress continues to hold its constitutional power of the purse and has the final word when it comes to spending.

H.R. 4890 passed the full committee this afternoon and now heads to the House floor for a vote.