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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Regular Vetoes and Pocket Vetoes: An Overview

Kevin R. Kosar
Analyst in American National Government

The veto power vested in the President by Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution has proven to be an effective tool for the chief executive in his dealings with Congress. Since the founding of the federal government in 1789, 37 of 44 Presidents have exercised their veto authority a total of 2,564 times. Congress has overridden these vetoes on 110 occasions (4.3%). Presidents have vetoed 83 appropriations bills, and Congress has overridden 12 (14.5%) of these vetoes.

During the 111
th Congress, President Barack H. Obama has vetoed two bills, H.J.Res. 64, an FY2010 appropriations measure, and H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010.

Date of Report: November 18, 2010
Number of Pages: 9
Order Number: RS22188
Price: $19.95

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