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pocket veto

The implied veto of a bill by the President of the United States or by a state governor or other executive who simply holds the bill without signing it until the legislature has adjourned. For example, The President used the pocket veto to kill the crime bill. This expression dates from the 1830s and alludes to putting the unsigned bill inside one's pocket.
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In late August, Calderon approved changes to Articles 71, 72, and 78 of the Mexican Constitution that eliminate the pocket veto.
But the wins only gave the opposition parties a razor-thin margin over the PRI, so the pocket veto was not an issue during the last three years of the Zedillo government.
In 2000, when the PAN came to power with President Vicente Fox's victory, the pocket veto took on greater importance.
The pocket veto, by contrast, not only observes different and more circumscribed procedures but has a different and more emphatic effect, because it is absolute--that is, the exercise of a pocket veto kills the legislation in question because there is no bill return and therefore no possibility of override.
This circumstance is then modified by the phrase, "unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return," in which case any bill not signed by the president is vetoed by pocket veto, even though it is not returned to Congress.
Thus, the pocket veto was inserted to prevent the prospect of a bill's automatically becoming law despite the president's objections but without the president's signature after ten days (remembering that unsigned bills automatically become law after ten days when Congress is in session).
An (unsuccessful) override vote was held, in Obey's (Grim 2010) words, "to demonstrate that in our judgment a pocket veto is not appropriate, that the president exercised [an] irregular veto and it should be treated as such.
Obama's second veto, on October 8, 2010, was also a protective return pocket veto.
The pocket veto can be an equally powerful tool in business.
After he announced a decision, he would go around the room asking each person individually if they intended to pocket veto his decision.
The President constitutionally must have the power to veto the result of any impeachment trial (subject to two-thirds override by both houses) and to pocket veto lame duck impeachments.
Another smart move that Maisler would recommend to other CPAs interested in launching businesses was the pocket veto given to each of the founders at the outset.
Each founder was given a pocket veto in the decision-making process, which helped foster trust and collaboration.
264), the long-awaited legislation died from a pocket veto by the President.
She cannot pocket veto PMOI's application for revocation of its terrorist status.