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87 Nw. U. L. Rev. 735 (1992-1993)
President's Veto and the Constitution

handle is hein.journals/illlr87 and id is 755 raw text is: Copyright 1993 by Northwestern University, School of Law
Northwestern University Law Review

Printed in U.S.A.
Vol. 87. No. 3

ARTICLES
THE PRESIDENT'S VETO AND THE
CONSTITUTION
Michael B. Rappaport *
I.  INTRODUCTION   ...........................................
II. THE IMPLICIT SELECTIVE VETO ...........................
A. The Argument for the Implicit Selective Veto ...........
B. The Structure of the Argument Against the Implicit
Selective  Veto  .........................................
C. Resolving the Ambiguity in Bill .....................
1. Arguments for a Restricted Definition ..............
2. Arguments Against a Restricted Definition ..........
(a) The Convention's Understanding of Bill .....
(b) The Adequacy of the President's Powers to
Resist Tacking: A Comparison with the
Senate's Powers as to Revenue Bills ............
(c) The Residual Presentment Clause: I ............
(d) The Residual Presentment Clause: II ...........
(e) The Inappropriateness of the Single Subject
Rule as a Rule of Law .........................
D. The Restricted Definition Results in a Prohibition on
Measures Containing Multiple Bills Rather than a
Selective  Veto  .........................................
1.  T ext ...............................................
2.  H istory  ............................................
3. The Nature of the Legislative Process ..............
4. Implications from the Use of Revision to Describe
the  Veto  Power  ....................................
E. The Historical Meaning of Bill ......................
III. THE POWER TO APPROVE AND NOT ENFORCE AN
UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL .................................
A.  Presidential Review  ...................................
B. Approval of an Unconstitutional Bill ...................

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* Assistant Professor, University of San Diego School of Law. J.D. 1985, D.C.L. 1990, Yale
Law School. The author would like to thank Larry Alexander, Akhil Amar, Bradford Clark, Lynne
Dallas, John Harrison, Gary Lawson, John McGinnis, and Erela Katz Rappaport for their
assistance.

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