Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obama Veto and Useful Insights

 From Dave Lincoln, one of my partners - right now we are working on a project to enforce accountability for businesses who externalize their costs to real people and government.

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Overriding a veto

Action by both the House and the Senate is required to override a presidential veto. A two-thirds, supermajority vote of the Members present is required to override a presidential veto. If one house fails to override a veto, the other house does not attempt to override, even if the votes are present to succeed. The House and Senate may attempt to override a veto anytime during the Congress in which the veto is issued. Should both houses of Congress successfully vote to override a presidential veto, the bill becomes law. According the the Congressional Research service, from 1789 through 2004, only 106 of 1,484 regular presidential vetoes were overridden by Congress.    

Text of Veto, weakest we have ever seen - 

From Scribt


Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release  
February 24, 2015 TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES: I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act." Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest. The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment -- it has earned my veto. BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE, February 24, 2015.


  1. Is this maybe a post that should go somewhere else? ~dmh

    1. No, I thought I would show you want I am usually doing instead of all the RA stuff.