How A Presidential Veto Works
When a president issues a veto he is basically rejecting a bill passed by the House and Senate. The process for a bill to become a law is not a complicated process, our Founding Fathers believed in simplicity. Unfortunately current day politicians are not as simple-minded; they make things chaotic so that Americans become unable to understand and follow how they run this nation of ours. We will attempt to clarify a veto, pocket veto and veto override for you.
First, let’s define veto. A veto gives a branch of government the power to reject; such as when a president rejects a bill passed by the legislative branch, the Congress.
How Are Law Created In America
Laws are not supposed to be enacted by Executive Orders. Our Founding Fathers created the Constitution to be used to govern these United States of America, period. And within that document it clearly states that laws are started as a bill, passed by the House of Representatives, sent to the Senate for passage and finally approved by the President. If the president rejects or veto’s the bill, with a two-thirds vote, Congress can override his veto and that bill becomes law. After 10 days, if the president does nothing, and the Congress is in session, the bill becomes a law, this is called a pocket veto.
An executive order is a way for a president to bypass the established way to pass a law. An executive order allows a president to make laws without the approval of Congress. Our Founding Fathers did not want one branch of government to have independent power over the other two; the power of the executive order clearly allows the president power over Congress. In the end that hurts the citizens because the possibility of being ruled by a dictator intensifies.
If we want America to remain a free country for future generations we need to start holding our elected representatives more accountable. We need to start understanding and paying more attention to the laws they pass and the methods they use to pass them. When we stop watching our politicians we become their pawns. Is that what you want for your children and grandchildren?