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Clinton v. City of New York

Significance, The Line Item Veto, Presentment Clause Violated, Old Power Under New Name?, Impact


President William J. Clinton and other government officials


City of New York, Snake River Potato Growers, Inc., et al.

Appellants' Claim

That the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 delegating increased law making powers to the president by Congress was constitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellants

Seth P. Waxman, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyers for Appellees

Charles Cooper, Louis Cohen

Justices for the Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, William H. Rehnquist, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 June 1998


Ruled in favor of New York and affirmed a lower court decision by finding that the line-item veto law violated constitutional procedures for making laws.

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  • Raines v. Byrd, 521 U.S. 811 (1997).


Bacon, Donald C., et al., eds. The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

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