Of the following statements concerning the president’s veto power, which one is false?
A. Presidents have had the line item veto since 1995.
B. Congress is generally unsuccessful at overturning presidential vetoes.
C. Presidents use the veto more frequently when their party does not control Congress.
D. George W. Bush was the third president not to veto a bill in his first term.
E. The threat of a veto is a powerful tool in presidential negotiations with Congress.
The correct answer to this question is Option A. This option is not a true statement because presidents no longer have the power to do line-item vetoes. Presidents had that power for a brief time, but they no longer have it as it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1998. This case was called Clinton v. City of New York.
For many years, presidents had wanted the line-item veto power. They had felt that it would help them rein in excessive spending. In 1996, the Congress finally passed a law giving the president this power. However, the Supreme Court soon ruled that the line-item veto was unconstitutional because the Constitution’s “Presentment Clause” does not allow presidents to veto parts of laws.
Thus, Option A is not true statement and must be the right answer to the question.