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Line Item Veto: It’s that time again

As many of Redstate’s readers are aware, several attempts have been made in the past to institute a line item veto. To date, all of these attempts have failed. Either they died in Congress, or the SCOTUS killed them. But that doesn’t mean that those of us who stand for fiscal responsibility should give up and try something else; if anything, it means that we should fight harder.

And now is the time to do so.

The passage of a bill that contained over 9000 earmarks, when the country is in a recession, is a slap in the face to every American who is struggling to make ends meet. I get to chat with many different people in my line of work, and regardless of their affiliation, they are ANGRY at Congress for doing this. They want something to be done. They want reform.

Senator Russ Feingold (D) and Representative Paul Ryan (R) are introducing legislation to pass a Constitutionally-acceptable line item veto. But the only way it will pass is if you, the Redstate reader, along with your friends and families and everyone you know or meet, contacts your representatives and demand that they support  the line item veto legislation. Emails are great, phone calls are even better. If you’re looking for a sample of what to say, the following is my letter to Senator John Cornyn, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Representative Kevin Brady:

The recent passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill that contained over 9000 earmarks, while our country is currently in a recession, is a clear indicator that reform is needed in order to control spending. While individual Senators and Representatives have demonstrated admirable fiscal restraint in refusing to request earmarks, or only requesting those that they consider essential, Congress as a whole has proven itself unable to stay away from the pork barrel.

As this is the case, I request that you vote for the legislation currently being introduced by Senator Russ Feingold and Representative Paul Ryan.

The line item veto does nothing to diminish the power of Congress; any Presidential veto can be overridden. What the line item veto does do is hold individuals accountable. The President will be responsible for each piece of spending that he does or does not veto, and each individual Senator and Representative will be responsible for their vote to override or not. “Pass the buck” is too expensive a sport for the average American to play. Congress should give up the game as well.

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