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House History:
Presidential Vetoes, 1789 to Present

House of Representatives The Senate Making Laws The Veto

The Veto

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Match the word(s) in the left-hand column to complete the questions or statements in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

Standing vote

A. Two-thirds of the legislators in both houses vote to pass a bill over the president's rejection, making the bill a law.

Roll call vote

B. Each member's vote is recorded.

Conference committee

C. A bill that satisfies enough members in both the House and the Senate to have approved by both chambers.

Compromise bill D. Members of the chamber stand to indicate their "yes" or "no" when voting on a bill.
Veto E. Presidential rejection of legislation passed by both chambers of Congress.
Pocket veto F. If Congress adjourns before 10 days have passed since a bill was presented to the president, and the president doesn't sign the bill.
Override the veto G. Members of both the House and the Senate who have worked on similar bills meet to draft a compromise bill.

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The word veto does not appear in the United States Constitution, but Article I requires every bill, order, resolution, or other act of legislation by the Congress of the United States to be presented to the President of the United States for his approval.

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