American Thinker: President Trump has been criticized for passing a larded-up budget, but it’s not that simple to get a balanced budget. One way is with the line-item veto, but to achieve this will take some careful strategizing. Here is how it works:
A presidential line-item veto requires an amendment to the Constitution, which Congress will never propose. Passing such a law would take a two-thirds vote in both House and Senate, and it’s far beyond reach. What is within reach is proposing a line-item veto amendment through the constitutional alternative — through the states, using Article V of the Constitution.
Twenty-eight states have passed resolutions calling for an Amendment Convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. The line-item veto is simply one method of achieving it. All 28 resolutions specifically authorize that the amendment may include “… appropriate fiscal restraints” as a means of balancing the budget. A line-item veto fits perfectly within this description.
There are currently six Republican-controlled state legislatures, which have not passed a resolution calling for an Amendment Convention — Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia. Fear of a runaway convention has prevented passage in these states. But if all they are asked to authorize is a line-item veto — one specific means of getting to a balanced budget — their fears can be overcome. It narrows the scope of the call. And President Trump can personally guarantee that no runaway convention will occur on his watch. more