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Clinton To Appeal Line-Item Decision

Sat., April 12, 1997, midnight

President Clinton announced Friday his administration will ask the Supreme Court to quickly restore the line-item veto law struck down by a federal judge. He said the veto power, yet to be used, is needed to help “preserve the integrity” of the huge federal budget.

The ruling found Clinton in a rare position: on the same side as Republican congressional leaders.

The only major provision in the 1994 GOP “Contract With America” embraced by Clinton, the law authorized the president to cut specific items in spending bills without rejecting the entire bills. It also would allow him to cancel some tax cuts passed by Congress.


 

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