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Line Item Veto:
Raines v. Byrd
Argued: May 27, 1997 Decided: June 26, 1997
Vote: 7 to 2
At Issue: Whether the Line Item Veto Act violates the Constitution's Presentment Clause, giving too much legislative power to the president.

Decision: The Court rejected a challenge to the line-item veto, which would allow the president to strike specific items from spending bills passed by Congress. The justices rejected the challenge on the basis that the members of Congress who brought the lawsuit did not have legal "standing."

Read the full text of the Raines v. Byrd decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Background from The Post
High Court to Decide Legality Of Line-Item Veto by July (Feb. 28, 1998)
Line-Item Veto Gets Go-Ahead (June 27, 1997)
Line-Item Veto Case Is Heard by High Court (May 28, 1997)

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