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Constitution Day September 17, 1787. On this day, in Philadelphia, at Independence Hall, 55 delegates signed what we call, the Constitution of the United States of America. As a part of the Constitution, in Article II, the President is given “unilateral powers.” One of these unilateral powers is the presidents right to pardon. This means that, if he wants, he can excuse someone from any crime. The government can also pardon someone but with a vote, making it much easier for the president to do so. The president is also known as the Commander in Chief of the United States Army and Navy. Another presidential power is called a veto. As stated in Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution, when a bill is at its peak, before it has passed, the president has the option either to sign it or to veto the piece of legislation. If he chooses to do so, the Commander in Chief can veto a bill
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Unformatted text preview: without any reason given or explaining it to anyone. However, a veto has its limits. You cannot veto a portion of the bill, also known as a line-item veto. Also, a veto can be overridden if both the House of Representatives and the Senate hold a 2/3 vote in favor of the bill. After the Line Item Veto Act of 1996, which gave the right for the president to use a line-item veto, the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in a court case during President Bill Clintons administration, Clinton v. City of New York. James Madison believed that a line-item veto was a sign of tyranny, as he said in Federalist 47. Also, since President Ronald Reagans second term, the president has formally issued a PSS, Presidential Signing Statement. This means that after the president passes, or signs a bill, he gives his reasoning for his decision....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course PS 100 taught by Professor Renka during the Fall '06 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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