Conrad On Why Bush Should Never Have Line-Item Veto
"Let's be blunt. The President would have the ability to call a Member or have his staff call a Member and say: 'Look, I have a very controversial judge up there. I need your vote. And by the way, I am considering a project in your State that is critically important to you. I am going to have to line-item veto that. But I might be persuaded not to if I could have your support on this other matter.'The line-item veto measure was killed in the Senate last week, but can't you picture Bush pulling exactly the kind of crap Conrad describes in this scenario?
"That is exactly what the Founding Fathers were concerned about -- handing that kind of power to a President, that kind of power over an individual Member. That is a dangerous notion. It has been ruled unconstitutional in the past. I believe this would be ruled unconstitutional."