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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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The Constitution says that, in the case of budget, tax and tariff, the President can exercise his right for line-item veto,' he said.
The power to veto bills allows governors to block ill-considered legislation - and with lawmakers approving 800 or 900 bills in every regular session, the public benefits from having a diligent shortstop.
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With the President's and the ruling party's influence waning, Reyes expressed hopes that lawmakers would be up to the challenge of doing a historic feat of overriding a presidential veto.
Twenty-seven MPs backed the veto and three abstained.
By vetoing this section, our state will avoid serious consequences and the Department of Human Services will be able to implement the Arkansas Works program which was approved over-whelmingly by the General Assembly," he wrote in a veto letter dated April 21, referring to the hybrid expansion.
According to Trajko Slavevski, the veto is ungrounded.
The move sends the politically charged issue back to Congress, where Republicans haven't shown they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers needed to override Obama's veto.
He finds that "postwar presidents do seem to exert a positive influence over individual legislators in the veto arena.
En la actualidad, los paises con poder de veto son Reino Unido, Estados Unidos, la Federacion Rusa, China y Francia.
The veto power vested in the President by Article I, Section 7 of
Romney's veto was defeated by both the Senate and the state's House by two-thirds of the votes needed to do so.
Those countries use their veto right when they perceive their interests are in danger, he added.
Our proposals (on balancing the veto power) have been made in full knowledge of an unfortunate reality that any proposal to abolish or severely restrict the veto is itself likely to be vetoed," Pakistani Envoy to UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon told a closed-door session of the UN General Assembly on reforming and expanding the 15-member council aimed at making it more representative and more effective.