The Law: Promiscuous Power

It could have been called Kennedy v. Nixon, which would look catchy in the case books, but when the senior Senator from Massachusetts went to court against the President last week, he had to sue two relatively obscure bureaucrats. At issue: what Ted Kennedy called the President's "promiscuous use of the pocket-veto power."

The Constitution says that if the President takes no action on a bill for ten days after it has been presented to him by Congress, it becomes law without his signature—unless Congress is in adjournment when the ten-day period ends. In that case, if the President has done...

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