Approval and Disapproval of Bills by the President After Sine Die Adjournment of the Congress

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The President may approve a bill after the sine die adjournment of Congress. If he wishes to disapprove legislation, the correct procedure is simply inaction, which results in a pocket veto. While a formal veto message is inappropriate, the President may express his disapproval through a memorandum of disapproval.

Updated July 9, 2014