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Republicans Block Ethics Bill Over Line-Item Veto


Late last night the Senate Republicans blocked action on the bipartisan ethics legislation that they had been debating since the opening of the 110th Congress. Republicans blocked the measure because Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refused to vote on an unrelated amendment that would give the President line-item veto authority, a transfer of power that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 1998. (See these CRS Reports on Line-Item Veto: 1, 2.) Sen. Reid had already stated that amendments that were nongermane to ethics and lobbying reform, including amendments related to campaign finance issues, would not be addressed during this debate. Reid even told Sen. Judd Gregg, the proponent of the line-item veto amendment, that the Senate would debate the issue separately in the future.

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