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Congress passes a controversial bill with a Senate vote of 60–40, which the president then vetoes. Ten senators state that they will not seek to override this veto. What recourse does Congress have to check the president's power?

a)using public opinion to make the president rescind the veto

b)none because there is no majority to overturn the veto

c)taking the case to the Supreme Court to decide

d)overriding the veto with the votes it has

I think it's d (60/40 is 2/3 so they have the majority vote), but I don't know what "Ten senators state that they will not seek to override this veto" means. Are they going back on their vote to override the veto out of the 60/40 (making it 60/30) (can they even do that?). Sorry, that one part is just really confusing me.

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  1. Doesn't it depend on who those 10 senators are? The question doesn't state that all 10 are in the same party, does it?

    60/30 would still override the veto, so the "10 senators" could be of either party -- but that means if even one were among the original 60, then there'd be no majority vote at all. So without a majority in the Senate, what do you think?

  2. Well if there is no majority in the Senate, then b. But the question does not state any further details on the 10 senators :( and what you said is exactly where I'm unsure. If they are of the original 10, then there is no majority (thus b), but if they are not, then it should be d.

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  3. The question is confusing (maybe badly written) because it doesn't indicate which party each of the 10 belong to. If even one of the 10 is of the majority party, then it's B. But that's a big IF because the question doesn't state how many from each party.

    You might speak with your teacher, give your reasons for answer B and for answer D, and see what happens.

  4. Yeah, I picked D, but it turned out to be B. I'll ask my teacher about it, thanks for the help anyways!:)

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