Sunday, March 06, 2005

Constitutional Notes

Article 1, Sect. 6.1: Congress member cannot be arrested for crimes when going to and returning from sessions, can't a Senator or Rep say that he/she is going, even though the next session might be several weeks away?

Sect 7.2: The President can withhold a bill from Congress for three days without signing, if Congress is adjourned before those three days, then the bill dies. Coincidentally, the President is allowed to adjourn Congress when he thinks it is necessary.

Sect. 8.7: Congress may establish post roads, or roads over which mail is transported, nothing about delivering mail.

5 comments:

The Sovereign Editor said...

Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, Clause 7: [The Congress shall have Power] To establish Post Offices and post Roads.

Presumably the establishment of a post office would create the need for a delivery mechanism (in the form of mail carriers). I don't think you could successfully argue that mail carriers wouldn't be a natural extension of an established post office.

historyteacher said...

"Sect 7.2: The President can withhold a bill from Congress for three days without signing, if Congress is adjourned before those three days, then the bill dies. Coincidentally, the President is allowed to adjourn Congress when he thinks it is necessary."

Whenever a president exercises this option it is called a pocket veto. However, the congress can force the president's hand by not adjourning. To my knowledge a president has NEVER adjourned congress. President's have convened congress for emergency meetings - usually to declare war.

It really does not make sense for a president to adjourn congress as he has the right to veto any bill anyway.

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Scriptor said...

Thanks for the input, it seems that a lot of the information has to be either presumed or you would have to really study the definitions of certain phrases. When the bill dies, does it mean that there is no way to override the veto?

GeoBandy said...

"Pocket veto" is just a figure of speech, as in, by just putting it in his pocket, it has the effect of a veto, i.e., is not signed into law. So there's no "veto" to override. Congress could of course pass the same legislation again.