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Supreme Court to Hear Line-Item Veto Case

<i> Associated Press</i>

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether Congress unlawfully delegated too much authority to the president last year by granting him the historic power to veto “line items” in the federal budget.

The case will be argued before the justices on April 27.

The Republican-led Congress voted in 1996 to provide President Clinton with the unprecedented power to cancel specific items in spending and tax legislation, considered a key to fighting wasteful “pork barrel” projects.

Clinton has used the authority 82 times, but Congress is expected to vote to restore many vetoed items.

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