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Vetoes by President Gerald R. Ford


President Ford vetoed sixty-six bills.1

 

94th Congress, 2nd Session (1976)
Regular Vetoes
Bill No.SubjectVeto DatePresidential MessageStatus
H.R.5900Protection of the economic rights of labor in the building and construction industryJan 02H.Doc. 94-329 unchallenged

S.J.Res.121Milk price adjustmentsJan 30S.Doc. 94-154The Senate sustained the veto on Feb 4 by vote No. 27 (37-51).

H.R.5247Local public works capital Development and investment programsFeb 13H.Doc. 94-367Veto overridden by the House on Feb 19 by vote No. 62 (319-98).

The Senate sustained the veto on Feb 19 by vote No. 41 (63-35).

H.R.9803 Federal Payments to Child Care CentersApr 06H.Doc. 94-440Veto overridden by the House on May 4 by vote No. 231 (301-101).

The Senate sustained the veto on May 5 by vote No. 165 (60-34).

H.R.8617Federal Employees' Political Activities ActApr 12H.Doc. 94-449The House sustained the veto on Apr 29 by vote No. 208 (243-160).

S.2662Amending the Foreign Assistance Act and Foreign Military Sales ActMay 07S.Doc. 94-185 unchallenged

H.R.12384Construction at Military Installations Jul 02H.Doc. 94-546Veto overridden by the House on Jul 22 by vote No. 535 (270-131).

The Senate sustained the veto on Jul 22 by vote No. 406 (51-42).

S.391Federal Coal Leasing Amendments ActJul 03S.Doc. 94-229Veto overridden by the House on Aug 4 by vote No. 606 (316-85).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Aug 3 by vote No. 456 (75-17).

Veto overridden

S.3201Amending the Public Works and Economic Development ActJul 06S.Doc. 94-230Veto overridden by the House on Jul 22 by vote No. 534 (310-96).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Jul 21 by vote No. 399 (73-24).

Veto overridden

H.R.12567Appropriations for the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974Jul 07H.Doc. 94-547 unchallenged

S.2447Local tax exemptions for members of CongressAug 03S.Doc. 94-245 unchallenged

H.R.12944Extension of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide ActAug 13H.Doc. 94-585 unchallenged

H.R.8800Electric Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration ActSep 13H.Doc. 94-606Veto overridden by the House on Sep 16 by vote No. 738 (307-101).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Sep 17 by vote No. 606 (53-20).

Veto overridden

H.R.5465Retirement benefits to certain non-Indian employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health ServiceSep 24H.Doc. 94-624 unchallenged

H.R.13655Automotive Transport Research and Development ActSep 24H.Doc. 94-635Veto overridden by the House on Sep 29 by vote No. 841 (293-102).

The Senate sustained the veto on Sep 29 by vote No. 674 (41-35).

H.R.14232Department of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriation Act Sep 29H.Doc. 94-636Veto overridden by the House on Sep 30 by vote No. 846 (312-93).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Sep 30 by vote No. 684 (67-15).

Veto overridden

S.2350National Security Act amendmentsDec 31S.Doc. 94-145Veto overridden by the Senate on Jan 22 by vote No. 1 (72-16).

Pocket Vetoes
Bill No.SubjectVeto DatePresidential MessageStatus
S.1437Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act122 Cong. Rec. 35081 unchallenged

S.2081Land and Water Resource Conservation Act122 Cong. Rec. 35081 unchallenged

S.3553Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act122 Cong. Rec. 35081 unchallenged

S.3790For the Relief of Camilla A. Hester122 Cong. Rec. 35081 unchallenged

H.R.4654For the Relief of Day's Sportswear Incorporated122 Cong. Rec. 35383 unchallenged

H.R.5446Nautical Rules of the Road Act122 Cong. Rec. 35383 unchallenged

H.R.10073Mandatory Inspection of Domesticated Rabbits Slaughtered for Human Food122 Cong. Rec. 35384 unchallenged

94th Congress, 1st Session (1975)
Bill No.SubjectVeto DatePresidential MessageStatus
H.R.1767A bill to suspend for a 90-day period the authority of the President under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962Mar 04H.Doc. 94-70 unchallenged

H.R.4296Crops and milk price adjustments May 01H.Doc. 94-125The House sustained the veto on May 13 by vote No. 201 (245-182).

H.R.25Surface Mining Control and Reclamation ActMay 20H.Doc. 94-160The House sustained the veto on Jun 10 by vote No. 275 (278-143).

H.R.4481Emergency Employment Appropriations ActMay 28H.Doc. 94-169The House sustained the veto on Jun 4 by vote No. 258 (277-145).

H.R.5357Appropriations for the promotion of tourist travel May 28121 Cong. Rec. 16239 unchallenged

H.R.4485Emergency Middle Income Housing ActJun 24H.Doc. 94-199The House sustained the veto on Jun 25 by vote No. 351 (268-157).

H.R.4035Amendments to the Petroleum Pricing Review Act Jul 21H.Doc. 94-218 unchallenged

H.R.5901Education Division and Related Agencies Appropriation ActJul 25H.Doc. 94-222Veto overridden by the House on Sep 9 by vote No. 502 (379-41).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Sep 10 by vote No. 389 (88-12).

Veto overridden

S.66Amending Title III of the Public Health Service ActJul 26S.Doc. 94-92Veto overridden by the House on Jul 26 by vote No. 447 (384-43).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Jul 29 by vote No. 337 (67-15).

Veto overridden

S.1849Emergency Petroleum Allocation ActSep 09S.Doc. 94-102The Senate sustained the veto on Sep 10 by vote No. 388 (61-39).

H.R.9497Amending the computation of price support for tobaccoSep 30H.Doc. 94-271 unchallenged

H.R.4222National School Lunch and Child Nutrition ActOct 03H.Doc. 94-273Veto overridden by the House on Oct 7 by vote No. 595 (397-18).

The Senate sustained the veto on Oct 7 by vote No. 429 (79-13).

Veto overridden

H.R.12A bill to amend title 3, United States Code, to provide for the protection of foreign diplomatic missions, to increase the size of the Executive Protection ServiceDec 01S.Doc. 94-312 unchallenged

H.R.5559Revenue Adjustment ActDec 17H.Doc. 94-325The House sustained the veto on Dec 18 by vote No. 808 (265-157).

H.R.8069Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriation ActDec 19H.Doc. 94-326Veto overridden by the House on Jan 27, 1976 by vote No. 20 (310-113).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Jan 28, 1976 by vote No. 15 (70-24).

Veto overridden

93rd Congress, 2nd Session (1974)
Regular Vetoes
Bill No.SubjectVeto DatePresidential MessageStatus
H.R.5094Reclassification of positions of Deputy U.S. MarshalsAug 12H.Doc. 93-336 unchallenged

H.R.11873Animal Health Research ActAug 14H.Doc. 93-337 unchallenged

H.R.10626Authorizing the sale of phosphate interests in certain lands in FloridaSep 30H.Doc. 93-363 unchallenged

H.R.15301Amending the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937Oct 12H.Doc. 93-371Veto overridden by the House on Oct 15 by vote No. 614 (360-12).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Oct 16 by vote No. 479 (72-1).

Veto overridden

H.R.15323Amending the Atomic Energy Act of 1954Oct 12H.Doc. 93-370 unchallenged

H.J.Res.1131Continuing appropriations for the 1975 fiscal yearOct 14H.Doc. 93-369The House sustained the veto on Oct 15 by vote No. 613 (223-135).

H.R.12471Amending the Freedom of Information ActOct 17H.Doc. 93-383Veto overridden by the House on Nov 21 by vote No. 634 (371-31).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Nov 21 by vote No. 494 (65-27).

Veto overridden

H.J.Res.1163Continuing appropriations for the 1975 fiscal yearOct 17H.Doc. 93-374The House sustained the veto on Oct 17 by vote No. 623 (161-83).

H.R.11541Amending the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1968Oct 22H.Doc. 93-382 unchallenged

H.R.6624For the relief of Alvin V. Burt, Jr., Eileen Wallace Kennedy Pope, and David Douglas KennedyOct 29H.Doc. 93-378The House sustained the veto on Nov 20 by vote No. 635 (236-163).

H.R.7768For the relief of Nolan SharpOct 29H.Doc. 93-379 unchallenged

H.R.13342Amending the Farm Labor Contract Registration Act Oct 29H.Doc. 93-380 unchallenged

H.R.14225Rehabilitation Act amendmentsOct 29H.Doc. 93-381 Veto overridden by the House on Nov 20 by vote No. 633 (398-7).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Nov 21 by vote No. 495 (90-1).

Veto overridden

H.R.6191Amending the tariff schedules of the United StatesNov 26H.Doc. 93-397The House sustained the veto on Dec 3 by vote No. 649 (249-159).

H.R.12628Vocational rehabilitation, educational, and training allowances for veteransNov 26H.Doc. 93-396Veto overridden by the House on Dec 3 by vote No. 648 (394-10).

Veto overridden by the Senate on Dec 3 by vote No. 513 (90-1).

Veto overridden

S.3537Modifying the Flood Control Act of 1965Dec 17120 Cong. Rec. 40607 unchallenged

Pocket Vetoes
Bill No.SubjectVeto DatePresidential MessageStatus
S.425Surface Mining Reclamation Act120 Cong. Rec. 41996-7 unchallenged

S.3341Revising certain provisions of title 5, United States Code, relating to per diem,mileage, and expenses of federal employees120 Cong. Rec. 41998 unchallenged

S.3943Extension of funds for REAP and RECP120 Cong. Rec. 41998 unchallenged

S.4206Price support for milk120 Cong. Rec. 41997 unchallenged

H.R.2933 Improving the quality of unshelled filberts and shelled filberts for marketing in the United States120 Cong. Rec. 41997 unchallenged

H.R.8193A bill to require that a percentage of U.S. oil imports be carried on U.S. flag vessels120 Cong. Rec. 41996 unchallenged

H.R.11897Naming the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building at 110 Michigan Street, NW, Grand Rapids, Mich., the "Gerald R. Ford Federal Office Building"120 Cong. Rec. 41998 unchallenged

H.R.11929To amend section 15d of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act120 Cong. Rec. 41996 unchallenged

H.R.13296To authorize appropriations for certain maritime programs of the Department of Commerce, FY 1975120 Cong. Rec. 41998 unchallenged

H.R.14214To amend the Public Health Service Act120 Cong. Rec. 41996 unchallenged

H.R.17085To amend Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act120 Cong. Rec. 41997 unchallenged

 
1.President Ford vetoed five bills during the October 17 to November 18, 1974 adjournment period. These bills were H.R.6624, H.R.7768, H.R.11541, and H.R.14225. These bills were returned to the Clerk of the House with a message claiming that they had been pocked vetoed. Depsite the pocket veto claim, Congress considered them to be regular vetoes and they are listed here and in accompanying tables as such. The veto of H.R.14225 was overriddden by both chambers, but the Administration failed to promulgate it as law. Senator Edward Kennedy amended a pending pocket veto claim to included H.R.14225. The court held in Kennedy v. Jones (412 F.Supp.353 (D.D.C.1976)) that pocket vetoes could not be used except after adjournment sine die unless Congress failed to appoint individuals to receive messages. This decision reaffirmed Kennedy v. Sampson. The provisions of H.R.14225 were identical to H.R.17503 which became Public Law 93-516 (88 Stat.1617). Therefore, H.R. 14225 was not assigned a public law number.
 

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