As a Senator, Obama opposed the same expansion of executive control over budget matters he now wants 

There’s been rumbling from the White House about wanting some weak version of a line-item veto, presumably something stopping just short of what the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. The problem is that when Obama was a Senator he opposed giving Bush almost exactly the same “expedited rescission authority” the now wants for himself. Sean Higgins at Investor’s Business Daily reports:

On Jan. 24, 2007, Obama was one of 47 Democrats and one Republican who voted to keep the Senate from adding an amendment to a bill to raise the minimum wage. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., would have given the president “enhanced rescission authority” virtually identical to what the White House now calls for. Vice President Joe Biden, then a Delaware senator, also joined the filibuster.

Perhaps Obama and Biden simply forgot that they once opposed expedited rescission authority. There is no mention in the Congressional Record for Jan. 24, 2007, of either of them engaging in the floor debate over Gregg’s amendment. They apparently just showed up, voted the way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told them to, then went back to whatever they were doing.

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