pocket veto


Definition of pocket veto

: an indirect veto of a legislative bill by an executive through retention of the bill unsigned until after adjournment of the legislature

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Recent Examples on the Web Passed in 1988, the amendment prohibited pocket vetoes of bills by committee chairpersons, instead requiring any bill brought before the Colorado House or Senate to receive a hearing and a vote. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Wayne Knox dies: Longest serving Colorado House representative was 92," 22 July 2019 The tradition was intended to give Senators a chance to flag a particular problem with a nominee that others might not know about, but it was never intended as an ideological pocket veto. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Senate Blue-Slip Bluster," 11 Oct. 2017 President Johnson almost let the bill die via pocket veto during Congress’s summer recess of 1966. Spenser Mestel, Longreads, "My Journey to the Heart of the FOIA Request," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pocket veto

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocket veto was in 1842

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“Pocket veto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20veto. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pocket veto

US : a method that the President can use to prevent a bill from becoming a law by not signing the bill before the session of Congress ends

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Legal Definition of pocket veto

: a veto of legislation that occurs indirectly when an executive refrains from signing the legislation and the adjournment of the legislature prevents its automatic enactment (as upon expiration of ten days)

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