HJR 12: Supporting line item veto power for the President of the United States.
00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12 01 Supporting line item veto power for the President of the United States. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the governors of most states may exercise a line item veto power whereby 04 they may strike or reduce items in appropriation bills; and 05 WHEREAS the governor of the State of Alaska has the line item veto power and has 06 frequently exercised that power; and 07 WHEREAS the line item veto has proven to be a valuable tool in controlling the 08 budget in Alaska, enabling the governor to reduce or eliminate certain appropriation items 09 while leaving funding for other items intact; and 10 WHEREAS the national deficit continues to grow despite efforts to control deficit 11 spending by the United States Congress; and 12 WHEREAS, if the President of the United States could exercise a line item veto over 13 appropriations, the level of spending by the federal government would be more easily 14 controlled;
01 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports efforts to amend the 02 United States Constitution to grant the President of the United States the power to exercise 03 a line item veto over appropriations. 04 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 05 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr.,Vice-President of the United States and President 06 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of 07 Representatives; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. 08 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 09 delegation in Congress.