Monthly Archives: July 2006

State Rights? Check the Database on Congressional Preemption of State Laws and Regulations.

The Committee on Government Reform Minority Office hosts a database of legislation proposed by the House or Senate that would preempt state laws and regulations. The database includes legislation passed by the House and Senate since 2001. The database was created at the request of Henry Waxman, a Democratic Congressman from California.


Want to view and print legal documents as they originally appeared in hard copy? HeinOnline is a searchable database that provides exact images of the original documents. The database includes law reviews, legal periodicals, the Federal Register (vols 1-70, 1936-current), U.S. Reports (1754-2002), U.S. Reports Slip Opinions (2002-current), treaty collections, the Phillip C. Jessup Library, U.S. Attorney General opinions, U.S. presidential documents, U.S. Statutes at Large, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and sources of compiled legislative histories for major federal laws.

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!