line-item vetoline-i·tem veto
executive power to reject a section of a bill, esp. one containing specific appropriations, without vetoing the entire bill
The power of a government executive, usually a governor, to veto some parts of a bill passed by the legislature while signing other portions into law. Also called item veto.
(plural line-item vetos)
- the power of an executive in government to nullify or cancel specific provisions of a bill, usually budget appropriations, without vetoing the entire legislative package.
- I'm sorry the speaker isn't here, he's up on the hill on last-minute negotiations. He's going over his prenup and wants a line-item veto. (The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 18, Josh)