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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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Seventeen of them were pocket vetoed which means they died without any action hence "pocket veto."
If a bill is pocket vetoed while Congress is out of session, the
claimed to have pocket vetoed a bill but then have returned the
Yet in pocket vetoing the bill, he also did something that, under the terms of the pocket veto power described in the Constitution, is impossible: he returned the pocket vetoed bill to the clerk of the House of Representatives.
The federal Department of Health's legal authority, who was also the former attorney for the archdiocese of Mexico, pocket vetoed updating AIDS medications and treatments because he claimed to have found errors in the paperwork.
A wonk had to point out that under the Constitution, if the president fails to sign a bill within 10 days while the Congress is adjourned, the bill is pocket vetoed and does not become law.
The House and Senate bills were identical to the final conference report approved last year by the Senate and House, but pocket vetoed by President Clinton in December The bills, in their amended form, continue to have strong support from the U.S.
* The President also pocket vetoed the Clean Water Act Reauthorization on Nov.
If a bill is pocket vetoed while Congress is out of session, the only way for Congress to overcome the veto is to reintroduce the legislation as a new bill, pass it through both houses, and present it to the President again for his signature.
5132) aimed at flood-stricken Chicago and riot-torn Los Angeles, Bush had pocket vetoed an earlier package.
The bills are identical to the final conference report approved last year by the Senate and House, but pocket vetoed by former President Bill Clinton in December.
If, however, the Congress adjourns sine die before the 10 day period has expired, and the President takes no action, then the bill is "pocket vetoed." For more information, see CRS Report RS22188, Regular Vetoes and Pocket Vetoes: An Overview, by Kevin R.
Despite approval from voters at a town meeting, the Senate and House of Representatives, the bill was "pocket vetoed" and failed to become law.
President Ronald Reagan backtracked on this arrangement when he pocket vetoed an obscure bill that provided relief for a Florida company in December 1981, between the first and second sessions of the Ninety-seventh Congress.
(87) In August 2000, President Clinton pocket vetoed H.R.