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S*243
Session 110 (1993-1994) 

S*0243 Concurrent Resolution, By Wilson, Cork, Drummond, Giese, Gregory, 
Russell, Ryberg and J.V. Smith
 A Concurrent Resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to
 propose an amendment to the United States Constitution establishing a
 presidential line item veto.

   01/20/93  Senate Introduced SJ-3
   01/20/93  Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-4
   02/10/93  Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary SJ-10
   02/11/93  Senate Adopted, sent to House SJ-26
   02/16/93  House  Introduced HJ-11
   02/16/93  House  Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial
                     Resolutions HJ-11
   02/23/93  House  Committee report: Favorable Invitations and
                     Memorial Resolutions HJ-4
   02/24/93  House  Adopted, returned to Senate with concurrence HJ-22



COMMITTEE REPORT

February 23, 1993

S. 243

Introduced by SENATORS Wilson, Gregory, Russell, Cork, Ryberg, Drummond, J. Verne Smith and Giese

S. Printed 2/23/93--H.

Read the first time February 16, 1993.

THE COMMITTEE ON

INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 243), memorializing the Congress of the United States to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:

DEWITT WILLIAMS, for Committee.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

MEMORIALIZING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHING A PRESIDENTIAL LINE ITEM VETO.

Whereas, despite various efforts to control the explosive growth of federal spending, the President has had insufficient authority with respect to the budgetary process; and

Whereas, the federal budget has not been balanced since 1969 and the national debt has increased fourteen-fold in the past ten years; and

Whereas, presidents of both political parties since the War Between the States have cited the need for greater presidential involvement in administering the budgetary affairs of the nation; and

Whereas, in forty-three states, including this State, the chief executive has the constitutional power to veto items of appropriation while approving other portions of the bill; and

Whereas, this power has been described by political scholars as a highly desirable one, and one which has had a positive effect on the operation of government; and

Whereas, under Article V of the United States Constitution, amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by the Congress whenever two-thirds of both houses consider it necessary, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, the Congress shall call a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina respectfully memorializes the Congress of the United States to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution, which would authorize the President of the United States to reduce or eliminate one or more items of appropriation while approving other portions of a bill.

Be it further resolved that the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina requests the Congress to submit to the several states the amendment to the Constitution of the United States for purposes of ratification; and

Be it further resolved that the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina also proposes that the legislatures of each of the several states comprising the United States apply to the Congress requesting the enactment of an amendment to the United States Constitution, as described in this resolution; and

Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President and Vice-President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, to the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and to the Secretary of the United States Senate.

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