By Jay Heflin - 05/24/10 04:50 PM EDT
Obama sent to Congress the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2010. The bill would allow the president to propose a package of cuts to recently signed spending measures and then force Congress to take an up-or-down vote on those proposed cuts. The new presidential authority would extend to discretionary and non-entitlement mandatory spending, but not to tax measures.
Unlike the line-item veto, which has been determined to be unconstitutional, Obama's proposal would need support from Congress before any cuts were made.