"Mayor Giuliani's lawsuit killed the line-item veto."
Mitt Romney on Saturday, October 6th, 2007 in
Mostly guilty of killing the line item veto.
Giuliani and the others filing the suit argued—as opponents of the veto had for many years—that the Constitution required the president to either sign, veto or allow a bill to become law without his signature. The Constitution, they said, did not allow him to veto parts of a bill.
The Supreme Court agreed and in June 1998, ruled that the line item veto was unconstitutional. Giuliani argues that he favors the line item veto and believes the Constitution should be amended to allow it, but he said the power cannot be created by passing a simple law.
Romney is correct that Giuliani is guilty of having filed the lawsuit that killed the line item veto. But Romney neglects to say that Giuliani had several accomplices along with him.
Published: Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Subjects: Federal Budget
Sources:Mitt Romney campaign, How Mayor Giuliani Went to Court and Killed the Presidential Line-Item Veto, Oct. 6, 2007.
Archives of the Mayor's Press Office, Rudy Giuliani press release announcing lawsuit, Oct. 16, 1997.
Archives of the Mayor's Press Office, Rudy Giuliani press release celebrating victory, July 6, 1998.
Clinton v. City of New York, No. 97-1374
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