[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [February 12, 1998] [Page 218] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on the United States District Court Decision on the Line Item Veto February 12, 1998 The line item veto provides an important tool for the President to strike unnecessary spending and tax items from legislation. Congress took the correct step giving the President this authority, and I was pleased to sign the line item veto into law. It has worked well, saving the American taxpayers more than $1 billion already. Although I am disappointed with today's ruling, it is my belief that, ultimately, the line item veto will be ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.