Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Vetoed Bills

The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday comes from Article I.7.2, "After due consideration of the President's objections, both houses may vote on the bill again. If two-thirds of both the House and the Senate approve the bill, then it shall become law without the President's signature. However, the name and vote of each Senator and Representative shall be entered in the journals of their respective houses." This provision gives Congress three options for a vetoed bill: 1) Kill the bill; 2) Amend the bill and send it back to the President; 3) Override the President's veto by a two-thirds vote in both houses. This provision also protects the people by requiring that bills have at least two-thirds of their elected representatives in Congress pass the bill as well as keeping accurate records of their names and votes.

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