Monday, February 20, 2006

Bush hope for new budget power doesn't excite Congress

"WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's request for broad, and constitutionally questionable, authority to control spending by vetoing specific items in larger bills is drawing limited interest in Congress.

Even though he has yet to issue a single veto in his five years in office, Bush asked Congress in his State of the Union address to give him line-item veto power. He said it and a movement to curb lawmakers' appetite for special projects, or earmarks, would provide a one-two punch in reducing government spending."

Article: NewsWatch 50