Congress can Override Bush's Veto with 2/3
Sun Oct 9, 2005 17:36
Now we'll find out just which
Congress people are sincere in rejecting torture, and which ones are playing games (i.e., appearing to be against the use of torture in order to scoop up
constituent support, all the while knowing Bush will veto the bill)
Here's how it works (from Wikipoedia)
"Article One of the United States Constitution requires that all bills or other items of legislation passed by both houses of Congress be presented to the President for his approval. If he returns a bill to Congress within ten days (excluding Sundays) of its presentment to him, the bill does not become law. A two-thirds majority of both houses can adopt a law despite a presidential veto. Likewise, if the President takes no action during this period and Congress remains in session it becomes a law as if he had signed it. However, if Congress has adjourned for the session prior to the expiration of the ten-day period and the President does not wish to sign the bill, he may take no action and the bill will be considered vetoed without possibility of override and without the President having to list his objections. This latter practice is called a pocket veto."