Public Papers of George Bush, 1989

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Author: George Bush  | Date: August 4, 1989

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the Proposed Line-Item
Veto Legislation
August 4, 1989

The President today endorsed legislation providing legislative line-item veto authority which would enable the President to rescind appropriations deemed to be wasteful or unnecessary. This legislation will provide needed reforms in the budget procedure known as rescission. Present law allows for cancellation of an appropriation only through the rescission process. Congress, however, can thwart a Presidential proposal for rescission simply by inaction. In fact, the vast majority of rescission proposals submitted by three Presidents since passage of the present law in 1974 were never acted upon.
The legislation the President has endorsedwas developed by leading proponents of previous bills and would reform the rescission process by requiring that Congress take affirmative action to disapprove any rescission. The legislation would provide two periods during which the President could propose rescissions. First, after the signing of individual appropriations bills, the President would have 20 days to propose rescissions. The rescissions would go into effect after a specified period, up to 35 days in length, unless Congress passes, and there is enacted into law, a bill disapproving the rescissions.

Second, the President could also forward rescissions at the time of his budget submission to Congress each fiscal year. Again, the rescissions would go into effect unless a law is enacted disapproving the rescissions. The legislation also provides expedited congressional procedures to speed consideration of the President’s rescission proposals.

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Chicago: George Bush, "Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the Proposed Line-Item Veto Legislation," Public Papers of George Bush, 1989 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1750-1751 1056. Original Sources, accessed February 6, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PA2NIEHF4CQ36L.

MLA: Bush, George. "Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the Proposed Line-Item Veto Legislation." Public Papers of George Bush, 1989, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1750-1751, page 1056. Original Sources. 6 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PA2NIEHF4CQ36L.

Harvard: Bush, G, 'Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the Proposed Line-Item Veto Legislation' in Public Papers of George Bush, 1989. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1750-1751, pp.1056. Original Sources, retrieved 6 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PA2NIEHF4CQ36L.