Thursday, October 07, 2010

can there be a pocket veto when the senate is not on recess?

the word is that president obama will use a pocket veto to kill the interstate recognition of notarizations act.

a pocket veto only works when congress is adjourned for ten days following the date that the bill is sent to the president's desk. but last week, senate leadership announced that it would hold pro forma sessions each week so that technically the senate would not be in recess. the senate is doing that to prevent recess appointments, but wouldn't that also prevent a pocket veto?

i'm no parliamentarian, but it seems like it would to me. or maybe the pocket veto only works if both chambers of congress is in session? (the pro forma sessions are only for the senate, not the house) does anyone know the answer?