Essay on Presidential Veto/Pocket Veto

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The Constitution provides the President with two kinds of vetoes in Article 1, Section 7, which have been used frequently during different Presidential terms throughout history. The co-founders of the constitution placed this veto power in the hands of the Executive Branch in order to provide further means of checks and balances. The regular or return veto also referred to as a qualified veto, is whereby the President takes two steps: he withholds executive signature and returns the bill with his objections to the House where it originated. The bill is then subject to override by Congress. The second is the pocket veto which has different procedures and a more resounding effect. “If any bill shall not be returned by the President within …show more content…
Congress has also been known to attach legislation onto a bill that they feel the President would not veto. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson used these veto powers. Since the first Presidency in the United States; Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the most vetoes at 635 throughout his 12 years as President—263 of those being pocket vetoes, and only 9 were overridden. Andrew Johnson had a total of 29 vetoes, 8 of which were pocket vetoes. 15 of his vetoes were overridden, making it the most in US history. (History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives) Andrew Johnson, (a Democrat), came to be President while acting as Vice President to Abraham Lincoln. He was in office March 4, 1875 – July 31, 1875. When Lincoln was assassinated, Johnson took his place and began to favor a quick restoration of the succeeded states to the Union. His plan did not provide adequate protection to the newly freed slaves and he immediately came in conflict with the Republican dominated Congress. The Republican Party was overwhelmingly in favor of freeing slaves. The Congress was so outraged by Johnson that they overrode every pocket veto possible. Johnson eventually became the first President to be impeached. Roosevelt, on the other hand, was a beloved President who took office during the great depression. He was a Democrat, which by then had become the more liberal party. American citizens

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