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Akin, Shimkus support line-item veto bill in U.S. House


St. Louis, MO – Republicans Todd Akin of Missouri and John Shimkus of Illinois were the only St. Louis area Congressmen who voted for a plan in the House Thursday to give the president line-item veto power over spending.

Republican Jo Ann Emerson joined all other Missouri Democrats and Illinois Democrat Jerry Costello in opposing the measure.

The plan passed 247-172 and now heads to the Senate.

The bill is a weaker version of the line-item veto that was passed in the 90s and later declared unconstitutional. This one would let the president delete items in budget bills he signs into law.

But Congress could override those items being vetoed with a simple majority vote.

Line Item Veto
(HRes 4890; roll call 317)

St. Louis Area Congressmen voting YES
Todd Akin (R-MO)
John Shimkus (R-IL)
St. Louis Area Congressmen voting NO
Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
William "Lacy" Clay (D-MO)
Jerry Costello (D-IL)
JoAnn Emerson (R-MO)