Clinton v. City of New York

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Clinton v. City of New York
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Citation 524 U.S. 417 (1998)
Date decided June 25, 1998
Case Opinions
majority written by John Paul Stevens


President Clinton line item vetoed a provision granting federal tax money to the city of New York that was part of a more expansive bill.


Whether the Constitution provides for Congress to enact line item veto when it specifically says the method in which laws should be passed.


Line item veto is unauthorized by the Constitution.


The Constitution does not authorize line item veto. If Congress wants line item veto then they will have to amend the Constitution, not pass a bill.

There can be no reallocation of Constitutional powers between the political branches.