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Will President Obama "Decline" to use his "Line Item Veto” authority when signing the annual 2011 budget currently before Congress?






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February 28, 2011 @ 12:30pm PST

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AxmxZ   •   Sun Feb 06 2011 at 05:34pm PST

If the President can’t use the veto, on account of it being unconstitutional, is that a “No” or a “Yes” cash-out?

SneakyPete   •   Tue Feb 08 2011 at 11:48am PST

In fact two types of veto exist. The first is the regular veto in power, through which the president returns the legislation to the Congress unsigned, usually with a message setting out reasons for this action. The second is a quieter, more discreet form of the veto known as the “Pocket Veto,” in which the president fails to sign a bill within the ten days allowed by the Constitution before Congress adjourns. This pocket veto generally attracts less publicity, in part because it does not need to be accompanied by a message from the president giving reasons for the veto. Of the 372 vetoes cast by President Franklin Roosevelt, 263 were pocket vetoes. Exactly half of President Ronald Reagan’s vetoes were pocket vetoes. Because so much of the congressional agenda is completed in the last few days of a session, often described as the “rush to adjourn,” a pocket veto is more useful than might be supposed.

The power of the regular veto results from the considerable difficulty of overriding it. It is not easy to assemble a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate on a contentious issue. Most vetoes are successful. To answer your question it would be a “YES”.

I based this question on President Obama’s campaign promise to go through all bills “Line By Line” and veto anything he was opposed to. He coudl use his “Pocket Veto” if he desired.

AxmxZ   •   Wed Feb 09 2011 at 05:22pm PST

So… the question isn’t about the line-item veto, then, but about the pocket veto?

AxmxZ   •   Sun Feb 06 2011 at 05:33pm PST


“Presidents of the United States have repeatedly asked the Congress to give them a line-item veto power, but in all such cases, either the Congress have refused or the Supreme Court of the United States has stripped them of it after they received it from Congress.”

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