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indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it

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In response, Congress treated these actions as return vetoes, not pocket vetoes.
The combination of the Kennedy ruling, the Ford administration's unwillingness to appeal Kennedy, and these five allegedly "return" pocket vetoes sparked some public attention.
In a final twist, Bork authored a memo to Ford Attorney General Edward Levi on January 26, 1976, in which he now argued that they should abandon their effort to resist the Kennedy rule as well as attempts to exercise intrasession and intersession pocket vetoes.
During his presidency, Ronald Reagan did not attempt any intrasession pocket vetoes or protective returns but did pocket veto two bills during intersession breaks.
The first Bush administration significantly escalated the pocket veto debate by arguing for intrasession, as well as intersession, pocket vetoes (Spitzer 2001, 726-27).
If enacted, the bill would have limited pocket vetoes to final, sine die adjournments at the end of a Congress.
The Kennedy (1974) case suggested that pocket vetoes no longer made sense during intrasession and intersession adjournments.
Appendix: "Protective Return" Pocket Vetoes, 1974-2010 President Bill Vetoed by "Protective Return" Bill Number Ford National Wildlife Refuge H.
The court noted that bill return could have been effected, consistent with Wright, and the court also cast doubt on pocket vetoes applied during any intrasession or intersession adjournment as long as appropriate arrangements were made for bill receipt, suggesting that a pocket veto was now only necessary after Congress adjourned sine die at the end of a two-year Congress.
Although Reagan exercised no other intersession (nor any intrasession) pocket vetoes, he did continue to argue for the constitutionality of intersession pocket vetoes.
Even though Bush called these two actions pocket vetoes by saying that bill return was impossible based on the meaning of the Article I, section 7 veto paragraph, he nevertheless did the impossible and returned the two bills to Congress.
1976]), in which the appeals court ruled that pocket vetoes could only be used after sine die adjournments unless Congress failed to designate an agent to receive veto messages (the administration decided against an appeal).
Bearing in mind the earlier discussion about the bases of the regular and pocket vetoes as well as the extant case law, several conclusions arise from this presidential gamesmanship over pocket veto use:
The arguments in favor of sine die--only pocket vetoes are not only constitutional (as several courts have noted), but sensible.
Admittedly, Congress could avoid at least some potential pocket vetoes through careful timing of its presentment of enrolled bills.