Pocket Veto (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Pocket Veto

The act of the president in withholding his approval of a bill after Congress has adjourned. When Congress is in session, a bill becomes law without the president’s signature if he does not act upon it within 10 days, excluding Sundays, from the time he gets it (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 7). But if Congress adjourns sine die within that 10-day period, the bill will not become law even if the president does not formally veto it.

Also see Adjournment Sine Die; Congress by the Numbers; Veto; § 6.290 Presidential Action on Enacted Measures, § 6.292 Vetoes and Veto Overrides: Presidential Clout, in Congressional Deskbook.

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