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Bill Is Enrolled
The Bill is Vetoed
If the President decides a bill is unwise or unnecessary, the President does not sign the bill, but issues an official statement of objections to the bill called a
The President can veto a bill indirectly by withholding approval of the bill until Congress has adjourned
. This informal way of preventing a bill from becoming a law is called a pocket veto.
When the President issues a veto, the bill returns to its House of origin.
Objections to the veto are read and debated on the House Floor.
If there are enough objections in the House to the presidential veto, a vote is taken to
, or overrule, the veto.
If the House does not vote on a veto override, the bill is stalled and does not become a law.
A tally of
and pocket vetoes is available on the Clerk's website in
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