Best Answer

It's not a matter of whether the president is incapable of making a decision. The Founders created a provision in the Constitution to prevent the president from merely ignoring legislation sent to him by the Congress. A president might be inclined to delay acting on a bill if he disagrees with it and wishes to veto it but fears that the Congress will override his veto. The provision requires the president to act on a bill within ten days of its delivery to him. If he fails to act -- that is, if he fails to sign or veto it -- the bill becomes law. However, if the Congress ends its session before the 10-day period is up -- that is, if the Congress goes on recess, which is like a vacation -- then the bill is effectively vetoed if the president fails to act on it. That is called a pocket veto.

User Avatar

Wiki User

16y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What happens if the president can't decide whether to sign a bill or to veto it?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

What is it called when a president signs a bill into a law?

The president of the US can return a bill, unsigned, to Congress with a statement of his objections. This is called a veto.The president has ten days, not including Sundays, to decide whether to sign or veto a bill. If he takes no action, after ten days the bill automatically becomes law, whether the president signs it or not.However, if the president does not sign a bill and Congress adjourns before the ten day period is up, the bill does not become law. This is called a pocket veto.

What happens to a bill does not agree with the President?

If the president does not agree with a bill he/she can return it.

Why is it not the presidents job to make laws?

They decide whether laws should be made. Congress makes a bill, which is passed on to the president, then the president can either veto the bill, or make it into a law. If the president was the only decider on laws, then we would no longer have a democratic republic, we would have a monarchy. And our president would become a king or queen.

What happens to the bill once it was voted?

the bill is sent to the president

What happens if committee members decide they like a bill?

They kill it

Who has the authority whether a law is acceptable or not?

The legislature decides whether a bill is acceptable to become a law when they decide whether or not to make it. In the process of becoming a law, the president or governor of the state has the option to veto a bill. Once it is law, judges can refuse to enforce it, and if it is unconstitutional the State or US Supreme Court can nullify it.

What was the effectiveness of President Bill Clinton?

that's something that only you can answer. You learn about President Clinton, and then you decide that for yourself.

What happens to a bill when its given to the president and he does not act on it in 10 days?

The president is fired

What happens if the president veto bills?

it kills the bill

Who decides whether a bill shall be called a money bill or not?

Speaker of the lok sabha decides whether a bill shall be called a money bill or not.

What happens to a bill if the president signs a bill to congress during the time allowed?

the bill becomes the law

What happens after the president signs a bill?

When the president signs the bill, it becomes law. If the president refuses, the bill is vetoed, but if a two thirds vote by Congress, it can still become law.