National Affairs: Pocket Veto

When Calvin Coolidge, then U. S. President, pushed aside Senate bill No. 3185 of the 69th Congress on June 24, 1926, and let it lie untouched before him until July 3, when the Congress adjourned, he little thought that he was laying the groundwork for a test case on a Presidential procedure more than a century old—the old procedure of Pocket Veto.

Last week the same bill arose from the dead before the U. S. Supreme Court and so important seemed the issue at stake that Attorney General William DeWitt Mitchell, reverting to his old role of Solicitor-General, hurried to the Capitol...

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