Bush Pushes for Passage of Line-Item Veto

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WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush is urging Congress to give him
more power in dealing with budget matters.

He's using his weekly radio address to push for a line-item
veto.

Bush says that now, many good bills have bad spending
attachments. He says that leaves two bad options: approving a bad
bill because of a few good spending projects, or killing a good
bill because of bad attachments.

The House this week passed a watered-down version of a more
sweeping line-item veto law that the Supreme Court struck down in
1998. Justices found it took too much spending authority away from
Congress.

Lawmakers from both parties have reservations about the
line-item veto. They say it shifts too much power to the president.