In order for a bill to become law in the United States, it must be passed in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by the president. If the president vetoes the bill instead of signing it, the bill can still become law if two thirds of each house of Congress approves the bill in a new vote, overriding the president’s veto. If the president neither signs nor vetoes a bill passed by Congress, the bill becomes law ten days later, unless Congress is no longer is session. If Congress has adjourned the unsigned bill does not become law; this is known as a pocket veto.

Which statement best summarizes the previous passage?


Congress, not the president, choice (1), plays the key role in debating, writing, and passing a new law. The president cannot always block Congress, choice (2), which can override his veto,. Not signing a law, choice (3), will not keep it from taking effect, unless Congress has adjourned. The veto power, choice (4), does not give the president the power to do any rewriting of bills.

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