National Affairs: Item Veto

Doing his level best to avoid being branded an intractable Republican diehard, Michigan's Senator Vandenberg recently urged President Roosevelt to seek the item veto—power to strike out individual items in big appropriations bills. Last week in his budget message (see p. 19), without mention of the senior Michigan Senator, President Roosevelt asked for the item-veto power, added with unusual deference to the Constitution: "A respectable difference of opinion exists as to whether . . . item-veto power could be given to the President by legislation or whether a Constitutional amendment would be necessary....