CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS
May 16, 2011 – 10:45 p.m.
Bill Would Present Presidents With Greater Rescission Power
By Alan K. Ota, CQ Staff
House Budget Chairman
As both parties prepare for a showdown on increasing the debt limit, the Wisconsin Republican says he will push for floor action this summer on budget process changes including a bill he is drafting to provide the president with “enhanced rescission authority.”
Such action is unlikely before the latter part of June, but Ryan predicts that his measure will attract bipartisan support, even in the midst of what is shaping up to be a partisan battle over spending and the debt limit.
Ryan is working with
Ryan said he has also reached out to senators, including
President Obama has twice asked Congress for such authority, in both his fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2010 budget proposals.
Ryan’s bill would allow a president to challenge portions of appropriations bills. Congress would have to vote to either delete or protect the spending items.
By leaving the ultimate fate of the spending in the hands of the legislative branch, the approach is designed to satisfy the Supreme Court, which in 1998 ruled that a law granting the president line-item veto power (PL 104-130) was an unconstitutional expansion of presidential power.
Supporters of granting the executive branch more power say doing so would save money. But opponents, including Senate Appropriations Chairman
In 2006, Ryan helped win House passage of an enhanced rescission proposal, only to see it die in the Senate. Obama, as an Illinois senator, voted against ending a filibuster of a minimum wage bill that would have handed enhanced rescission power to President George W. Bush.
But Ryan said the proposal appears to be gaining momentum. “It has got a better shot this time,” he said.