Daily Archives: August 28, 2006

Tracking the Presidential Veto Power

Presidential Vetoes (1789 to Present)
The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives has a web site charting all presidential vetoes from 1789 to the present. The chart lists each type of veto a president has made, and whether or not a veto was overridden.
There are two types of vetoes. The one we most often hear about is the “regular veto,” which requires each House of Congress to get two-thirds of its members to vote for an override. The other type of veto is called a “pocket veto, ” and can not be overridden. The pocket veto becomes effective when the President fails to sign a bill after Congress has adjourned.
Guess who had the most vetoes of any president? Franklin D. Roosevelt!

Review Searching on LX & WL

Did you have such a great summer that you forgot how to search Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis? No worries, both the Lexis and Westlaw representatives are available for training to help you get back into school mode. If you don’t find Mark or Debbie in the Computer Lab, the reference desk will give you their email address.