Definition of the Week: veto
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So, what is a veto and how does it work? A veto is a constitutional process by which the president can object to a piece of legislation passed by Congress and prevent it from becoming law.
A standard veto occurs when the president returns a piece of legislation to Congress with an explanation of why he or she has declined to sign the bill into law.
Congress can override a veto with a vote of two-thirds majority in each chamber.
The President can also veto a bill by simply refusing to sign it within 10 days of receipt. This is called a pocket veto. Congress must be out of session for a pocket veto to take hold. If Congress is in session and the President holds a bill without signing it for 10 days, the bill automatically becomes law.