Constitution & Study Guide Overview. A Nation Emerges 3-12-12. Constitution as a “living document”.
A Nation Emerges
This 4th option takes place when the Congress adjourns. According to the Constitution, the president is given ten days (excluding Sundays) to consider a bill. If the Congress is in session during that 10 day period, the bill automatically becomes law without the president's signature, but, If the Congress adjourns during that 10 day period, and the president fails to sign the bill, the bill is dead. This is known as a "Pocket Veto."