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pocket veto

A pocket veto is a slightly sneaky way for a president or governor to veto a bill. If Congress gives the president a bill and the president doesn’t sign or reject it, the bill isn’t passed. That’s a pocket veto.

In the US, either a state governor or the president can attempt to use a pocket veto. The president, for example, is required to respond to bills within ten days (either passing or vetoing them), or else they automatically become laws — unless Congress isn't in session, in which case the bill dies, or undergoes a pocket veto. It’s like the president stuck the bill in her pocket and forgot about it. It turns into a “no.”

Definitions of pocket veto
  1. noun
    indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
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    type of:
    veto
    a vote that blocks a decision
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