Robert C. Byrd: Line-Item Veto Speech XIV

(1993)

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Mr. President, this is the fourteenth in my series of speeches on the line-item veto, with particular reference to the Roman Republic and the Roman Senate. When I began this series of one-hour speeches on May 5, I spoke of Montesquieu, the eminent French philosopher and author who had greatly influenced the Founding Fathers with his political theory of checks and balances and separation of powers.…

I have also stated a number of times that if we are to have a better appreciation and understanding of the U.S. Constitution—its separation of powers and checks and balances, and...