Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced that the United States House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4890; the Line Item Veto Act of 2006. The Line Item Veto will help our efforts to curtail government spending run amuck, said Poe.

Once enacted in to law, the Line Item Veto Act of 2006 would amend the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to give the President the authority to withhold funds or to suspend execution of direct spending for up to 180 days. At that point, both Houses of Congress would be allowed an expedited timetable by which they can either vote to override the Presidents veto or allow the items to be struck from the bill. These actions by the President are only to be used for deficit reduction, not to offset other increases in spending. When the President is able to require Members of Congress to stand by their pet projects and spending provisions the American people will be able to see who is squandering their hard earned money, said Poe. Too often do we see funding for projects not related to the general bill sneaked in and passed for the good of the entire bill, Poe added. The Line Item Veto will allow for lawmakers to fund specific projects and remove unrelated add-ons that would not pass on their own.

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