Significance of the Veto

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Veto- not significant:
· Can't veto one part of the Bill, it has to be the whole bill.
Clinton's use of the Line Item Veto was declared
unconstitutional, therefore meaning if a President vetoes a
bill, he dislikes the whole of it, not parts of it.
· Using a veto too many times can have a bad effect on the
President. Using it too many times proves that the President
is inflexible ie he will not bend to others and unwilling
compromise with Congress and let a bill pass which he does
not support. Many of Bush's vetoes proved he was inflexible
on Republican ideology- ie he vetoed two bills on stem cell
· Vetoes can also be overridden, if there is enough support for
the bill. For example, Bush's veto on the Water Resources
Act of 2007, helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, was
overridden by Congress, 361-54 in the House and 79-14 in
the Senate.
Veto- of significance:
· The veto can often being used a threat when a bill is still in
Congress. If the President dislikes the contents of a bill, he is
able to threaten to veto it and this often changes the bill in
his favour.
· There is also the use of a pocket veto, applicable at the end
of a legislative session. A bill, unfavourable to the Preisdent,
is lost "down the back of the sofa", and it must start the
legislative process again when the new session begins. For
example, Obama used a pocket veto on a bill which would
have allow banks to send houses more easily into foreclosure
in October 2010. Further, the pocket veto can not be
overridden, thus increasing its importance.
· It is a way to bypass Congress. If they dislike a bill by
Congress, they bypass Congress and veto it, preventing from
it becoming law. Although it can be overridden, this is
difficuly to achieve and not often used- both of the attempts
to override Obama's two vetoes were unsuccessful.


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