PRESIDENT ANDPOWER OF VETOA power vested in the President bywhich he may return a bill toCongress unsigned with the reasonfor his objection.Congress may override apresidential veto with a 2/3 vote inboth housesArticle I,Sec VII
Congress then has 3 choices... Put right the ‘wrongs’ andreturn for signature – veryunlikely Attempt to override –demanding and rarelyachieved Realise they don’t have thevotes, do nothing and acceptthe President has won – mostlikely
Clinton and the veto Used regular veto 36 times Congress attempted to override on13 occasions Succeed on 2 So, Clinton won on 34 out of 36occasions when he vetoedlegislation 2 that were overriden: Securities bill(1995), and Military ConstructionAppropriations bill (1998)
Jimmy Carter and the veto Used veto 13 timesagainst a Democrat-controlled Congress 2 occasions they overridehis veto: Oil Import Feebill (1980), and Veteran’sHealth Care bill (1980)
Bush and the veto Became first President in 150years to go through an entire4 year term without using aveto 2006 days before issuing hisfirst veto in 2006 Suffered first override in 2007on Water ResourcesDevelopment bill Then suffered three moredefeats in 2008 leaving himwith the lowest success scoreof any modern day President
Overall In 220 years presidentshave used 1500 regularvetoes Only 110 have beenoverriden by Congress That is a success rate of93%!