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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.    Subject    Veto Date    Presidential Message    Status
H.R.5900    Protection of the economic rights of labor in the building and construction industry    Jan 02    H.Doc. 94-329    unchallenged

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

H.R.5247    Local public works capital Development and investment programs    Feb 13    H.Doc. 94-367    Veto 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 Centers    Apr 06    H.Doc. 94-440    Veto 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.8617    Federal Employees' Political Activities Act    Apr 12    H.Doc. 94-449    The House sustained the veto on Apr 29 by vote No. 208 (243-160).

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

H.R.12384    Construction at Military Installations    Jul 02    H.Doc. 94-546    Veto 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.391    Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act    Jul 03    S.Doc. 94-229    Veto 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.3201    Amending the Public Works and Economic Development Act    Jul 06    S.Doc. 94-230    Veto 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.12567    Appropriations for the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974    Jul 07    H.Doc. 94-547    unchallenged

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

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

H.R.8800    Electric Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act    Sep 13    H.Doc. 94-606    Veto 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.5465    Retirement benefits to certain non-Indian employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service    Sep 24    H.Doc. 94-624    unchallenged

H.R.13655    Automotive Transport Research and Development Act    Sep 24    H.Doc. 94-635    Veto 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.14232    Department of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriation Act    Sep 29    H.Doc. 94-636    Veto 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.2350    National Security Act amendments    Dec 31    S.Doc. 94-145    Veto overridden by the Senate on Jan 22 by vote No. 1 (72-16).

Pocket Vetoes
Bill No.    Subject    Veto Date    Presidential Message    Status
S.1437    Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act       122 Cong. Rec. 35081    unchallenged

S.2081    Land and Water Resource Conservation Act       122 Cong. Rec. 35081    unchallenged

S.3553    Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act       122 Cong. Rec. 35081    unchallenged

S.3790    For the Relief of Camilla A. Hester       122 Cong. Rec. 35081    unchallenged

H.R.4654    For the Relief of Day's Sportswear Incorporated       122 Cong. Rec. 35383    unchallenged

H.R.5446    Nautical Rules of the Road Act       122 Cong. Rec. 35383    unchallenged

H.R.10073    Mandatory Inspection of Domesticated Rabbits Slaughtered for Human Food       122 Cong. Rec. 35384    unchallenged

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

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

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

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

H.R.5357    Appropriations for the promotion of tourist travel    May 28    121 Cong. Rec. 16239    unchallenged

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

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

H.R.5901    Education Division and Related Agencies Appropriation Act    Jul 25    H.Doc. 94-222    Veto 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.66    Amending Title III of the Public Health Service Act    Jul 26    S.Doc. 94-92    Veto 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.1849    Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act    Sep 09    S.Doc. 94-102    The Senate sustained the veto on Sep 10 by vote No. 388 (61-39).

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

H.R.4222    National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Act    Oct 03    H.Doc. 94-273    Veto 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.12    A 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 Service    Dec 01    S.Doc. 94-312    unchallenged

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

H.R.8069    Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriation Act    Dec 19    H.Doc. 94-326    Veto 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.    Subject    Veto Date    Presidential Message    Status
H.R.5094    Reclassification of positions of Deputy U.S. Marshals    Aug 12    H.Doc. 93-336    unchallenged

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

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

H.R.15301    Amending the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937    Oct 12    H.Doc. 93-371    Veto 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.15323    Amending the Atomic Energy Act of 1954    Oct 12    H.Doc. 93-370    unchallenged

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

H.R.12471    Amending the Freedom of Information Act    Oct 17    H.Doc. 93-383    Veto 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.1163    Continuing appropriations for the 1975 fiscal year    Oct 17    H.Doc. 93-374    The House sustained the veto on Oct 17 by vote No. 623 (161-83).

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

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

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

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

H.R.14225    Rehabilitation Act amendments    Oct 29    H.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.6191    Amending the tariff schedules of the United States    Nov 26    H.Doc. 93-397    The House sustained the veto on Dec 3 by vote No. 649 (249-159).

H.R.12628    Vocational rehabilitation, educational, and training allowances for veterans    Nov 26    H.Doc. 93-396    Veto 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.3537    Modifying the Flood Control Act of 1965    Dec 17    120 Cong. Rec. 40607    unchallenged

Pocket Vetoes
Bill No.    Subject    Veto Date    Presidential Message    Status
S.425    Surface Mining Reclamation Act       120 Cong. Rec. 41996-7    unchallenged

S.3341    Revising certain provisions of title 5, United States Code, relating to per diem,mileage, and expenses of federal employees       120 Cong. Rec. 41998    unchallenged

S.3943    Extension of funds for REAP and RECP       120 Cong. Rec. 41998    unchallenged

S.4206    Price support for milk       120 Cong. Rec. 41997    unchallenged

H.R.2933    Improving the quality of unshelled filberts and shelled filberts for marketing in the United States       120 Cong. Rec. 41997    unchallenged

H.R.8193    A bill to require that a percentage of U.S. oil imports be carried on U.S. flag vessels       120 Cong. Rec. 41996    unchallenged

H.R.11897    Naming 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.11929    To amend section 15d of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act       120 Cong. Rec. 41996    unchallenged

H.R.13296    To authorize appropriations for certain maritime programs of the Department of Commerce, FY 1975       120 Cong. Rec. 41998    unchallenged

H.R.14214    To amend the Public Health Service Act       120 Cong. Rec. 41996    unchallenged

H.R.17085    To amend Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act       120 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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