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pocket veto

n.
1. The indirect veto of a bill received by the President within ten days of the adjournment of Congress, effected by retaining the bill unsigned until Congress adjourns.
2. A similar action exercised by a state governor or other chief executive.

pock′et-ve′to v.

pocket veto

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the action of the President in retaining unsigned a bill passed by Congress within the last ten days of a session and thus causing it to die
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any similar action by a state governor or other chief executive

pock′et ve`to


n.
1. an automatic veto of a bill, occurring when Congress adjourns within the ten-day period allowed for presidential action on the bill and the president has retained it unsigned.
2. a similar action on the part of any legislative executive.
[1835–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pocket veto - indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
veto - a vote that blocks a decision
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Constitution gives the president the option of a pocket-veto in which a bill can be killed by leaving it unsigned after the legislature adjourns, but the Texas governor doesn't have that option.
Sharpton: "For us to pocket-veto people based on our social settings is as wrong to do to people today as it was done historically to our people.
Not every president in such circumstances will have the fortuitous benefit Clinton has of being able to pocket-veto the impeachment trial outcome, but one might still view an impeachment veto, even one subject to override on a two-thirds vote of both houses, as a dangerous power to vest in a less revered president.