WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is seeking the power to force lawmakers to vote on cutting earmarks and wasteful programs from spending bills.
He's sending Congress legislation to give him and future presidents the authority to scrutinize spending bills that have already been signed into law for pork barrel projects and other dubious programs.
He could then send Congress a package of spending cuts for a mandatory up-or-down vote on whether to accept or reject them. It's a weaker version of the line-item veto that all but a handful of governors have.
Senate Democrats filibustered the idea to death just three years ago, and so Obama's move would seem like a long shot. But the plan could pick up traction in the current anti-Washington political environment.