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Presidential Veto Statements

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan told the American Business Conference, “I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers. Go ahead—make my day.” This pithy borrowing of Clint Eastwood’s famous line in “Dirty Harry” frames the president’s veto power as a power, indeed, and highlights the role that Congress plays in facilitating the exercise of that power.