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A question preferably for democrats and liberals...regarding vetoes. If you're a republican and would like to answer, please don't start the Obama/liberal/democrat bashing.

Even with a republican majority in the Senate, can't president Obama veto their veto?

Here me out:

Let's say Obama wants to fund a social program. The house and senate veto it. Can't the president override the veto?

I didn't do well in political science!!

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:11 AM on Oct. 21, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • So what's the purpose of the president if the senate can override his decisions?

    They can only override his veto if two-thirds of them vote to. So they really have to want that legislation passed. The president's veto power is pretty strong, because getting two-thirds of congress to agree about ANYTHING is pretty difficult.
    jilby

    Answer by jilby at 3:14 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • no, then there would be no point in having different branches.....what you are saying is that the president has all of the power and that's not how it works.
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 12:14 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • No he can't and what is your issue with having republican answer such a simple question??
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 5:03 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • I mean..okay you have it kind of backward.
    The president can't introduce legislation into the Senate, he can propose legislation to a Senator who would introduce it. The simplest path is the legislation passes both houses and is signed into law.

    The Senate doesn't veto. The President vetos. If the President vetos something, the Senate can override the veto. If the Senate votes down a piece of legislation that the President was personally involved in, there's not a lot that can be done. He can reintroduce the bill, with a different bill number, and hope that it goes his way. He can sign an executive order mandating that the thing be done.
    Jenny-talia

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 8:53 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • The Legislative branch has most of the power in our government. This article might help you out a little with identifying congress's duties and how things are done.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:00 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

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    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:52 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • No he can't and what is your issue with having republican answer such a simple question??


    There have been questions asked towards ONLY conservatives  / republicans, you voiced no such concern then

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:19 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • No he can't and what is your issue with having republican answer such a simple question??


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    It's nothing personal...I just didn't want it to turn into a "let's bash" question. That's the only reason I asked the democrat moms to answer...
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:11 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • The Senate doesn't veto. The President vetos. If the President vetos something, the Senate can override the veto. If the Senate votes down a piece of legislation that the President was personally involved in, there's not a lot that can be done. He can reintroduce the bill, with a different bill number, and hope that it goes his way. He can sign an executive order mandating that the thing be done.


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    So what's the purpose of the president if the senate can override his decisions?
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:13 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • So what's the purpose of the president if the senate can override his decisions?
    The senate can't always override. A pocket veto is when the president does not sign a bill into law, and can't send it back to the Senate within ten days because the senate is not in session. This is called a pocket veto, and there's nothing the Senate can do about it.
    The veto is a check on the Senate, the ability to override is a check on the President. But veto isn't the only power the president has. He is America's chief ambassador and can offer diplomatic recognition to other nations, commander in chief of the armed forces, he can issue executive orders, which are regulations that carry the force of law but do not have to be approved by the Senate. The president is responsible for preparing the budget, although the senate has to approve it.
    Historically the president wielded more power in the foreign policy sphere, but that's changing
    Jenny-talia

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 9:20 PM on Oct. 21, 2010