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  •  I'm still at a loss... (0+ / 0-)

    as to what was wrong with a simple veto?

    There's no question but that he's allowed to just return the bill with a standard veto message. So if he wanted to do both for some reason, why not just do it?

    Why the "memorandum" without the words, "I veto this bill" in it, and claiming to be doing something else at the same time? He certainly didn't feel any need to couch his purported pocket veto claim in any cautionary language. Why then hide the ball on the standard veto language?

    •  I figure it's this (0+ / 0-)

      He'd prefer to pocket veto the thing if he can.  Since he's unsure of the legality there, he wants to make sure that it's at least vetoed straight up.  But if he uses the words "I veto this bill" in the process of returning the bill to the House, then it preempts the pocket veto if it turns out he was able to do it.  I'm not an expert on the intricacies of the relevant law, but I'm assuming that if he was only looking for a straight veto of the bill, he could do that whether the House is in session or not and it would just be pending for all intents and purposes.

      As it stands, he hasn't clearly stated that the bill has been cleanly vetoed, so he retains wiggle room if it turns out he IS able to pocket veto.  But if he's NOT able to pocket veto, then it doesn't become law from Presidential inaction.

    •  Political cover (0+ / 0-)

      it passed overwhelmingly... that it is a pocket veto that the democrats are trying to override illegally will give the congressional Rs a good reason to switch their vote.

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