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SAFE Port Bill Presented to President

October 6th, 2006

The SAFE Port Bill (H.R. 4954) was presented to the President for his signature on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Under the U.S. Constitution, the President has 10 days, excluding Sundays, in which to consider the Bill.

If he objects to the Bill, he returns it to Congress and it does not become law unless two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate vote to over-ride the veto. If he does not return the Bill to the House within the ten day period, by October 14, 2006, the Bill will become law. He can, of course, sign the Bill at any time within the ten day period, at which point it becomes law. All commentators seem to be of the view that the SAFE Port Bill will be signed by the President, and we are of no different view.

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