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pocket veto

1. noun The indirect but effective or implicit prevention of a legislative bill from becoming law by declining to return it to congress or parliament until they have been adjourned. In the United States, this adjournment must occur within ten days of the bill being passed to the president for signing. The president has made it clear that he will exercise a pocket veto on any funding bill that does not meet his demands for increases in the military budget.
2. verb To indirectly prevent a legislative bill from becoming law by such means. Though the president claims to have pocket vetoed the bill, the speaker of the house made it clear that the congressional recess would not happen before the tenth day required, and thus the bill would be returned to congress and remain open to an override vote.
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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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Obama's second veto, on October 8, 2010, was also a protective return pocket veto.
After he announced a decision, he would go around the room asking each person individually if they intended to pocket veto his decision.
Each founder was given a pocket veto in the decision-making process, which helped foster trust and collaboration.
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Q Scott, have you verified whether the veto this week of the defense authorization bill is, in fact, a pocket veto -- and you're sticking with that?
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He raised concerns that Calderon might be under pressure from some conservative groups to defeat the measure by not publishing the law, in a maneuver known as a pocket veto.
Bush attempted to pocket veto two bills during intrasession recesses.
Senator Edward Kennedy then inquired if there was any precedent for the action taken by Lugar, asking whether the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee had a pocket veto these days.
Romney into a pocket veto, meaning it would have to be re-filed and reconsidered by the Legislature.
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