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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pocket veto transitive verb

Examples of pocket veto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers in his party in January—many of whom quietly wanted to preserve the pocket veto should Republicans reclaim their majority in fall’s election—still stood behind Biden. Philip Elliott, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 Brinkman's amendment would also eliminate the pocket veto. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2021 One possibility, however unlikely, is that Trump could attempt to kill the bill with a pocket veto, reports Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner chief congressional correspondent. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 7 Dec. 2020 Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown confirmed the pocket veto but would not state the reason. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2021 Up until the 1990s, the pocket veto was used routinely by presidents, but Congress in recent years has tended to hold pro forma sessions rather than adjourning. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 5 Dec. 2020 The silence amounted to a pocket veto of the proposal. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 11 Oct. 2017 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20veto. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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pocket veto

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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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