GAO Glossary of Terms and Definitions (September 2005)

Separate Enrollment

A procedure that would require that once an appropriation bill is passed by Congress, each provision of funding would be separately enrolled as a discrete “bill.” An enrolled bill is the final, official copy of a bill or joint resolution that both houses have passed in identical form to present to the President for signature. Each separately enrolled provision would be presented independently to the President for signature, allowing the veto of some “bills” with spending provisions to which the President objects while allowing signing the others. While such legislation has been proposed at various times in the past as a way of providing the President with something like a line item veto, Congress has not enacted separate enrollment procedures. (See also Impoundment; Line Item Veto; Rescission.)

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