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National Debt Glossary

Line-item veto

The power to veto or “cross out” only certain parts of legislation while allowing the rest of the legislation to become law.

Legislation granting the President a line-item veto has been declared unconstitutional. Several legislative initiatives have been introduced in Congress over the years to give the President expanded or enhanced rescission or line-item veto authority.

SOURCE: U.S. Government Accountability Office


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