The adjournment of the Congress has prevented my return of H.R. 1585 within the meaning of Article I, section 7, clause 2 of the Constitution. Accordingly, my withholding of approval from the bill precludes its becoming law. The Pocket Veto Case, 279 U.S. 655 (1929). In addition to withholding my signature and thereby invoking my constitutional power to "pocket veto" bills during an adjournment of the Congress, I am also sending H.R. 1585 to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, along with this memorandum setting forth my objections, to avoid unnecessary litigation about the non-enactment of the bill that results from my withholding approval and to leave no doubt that the bill is being vetoed. --Whitehouse.gov
I know it's hard to follow this parliamentary bullshit. But honestly, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi could screw up a wet-dream.
This one is simple. Bush is trying to "Pocket Veto" this Iraq spending bill for whatever reason, we don't care. The point is, Bush can only pocket veto when congress is NOT in session. The House and Senate have been holding pro forma sessions, with people like Jim Webb heading over the the chamber to hold short session so that congress doesn't have to recess. To stop
Here is the thing, if we concede that he has actually pocket vetoed this bill than he has effectively established that congress is not in session. Guess what comes next?
What does Speaker Pelosi say?
Despite the Administration’s earlier support for the Department of Defense authorization bill, it appears that President Bush plans to veto this legislation, which is crucial to our armed forces and their families.
She concedes it is a legal veto! They need to fight the veto itself, otherwise he has said that they are not really in session and he can do all the recess appointments he wants.
When are these people going to learn? The Whitehouse has some very smart scumbags working for them and we have to fight them tooth and nail, every day.