REPORTS ON ENROLLED LEGISLATION
When a bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate in identical form and been certified by an officer of the house of origin (the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate), it is known as an enrolled bill. The enrolled bill is sent on for the signatures of the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and the U.S. President. If signed by the President, the bill becomes a law.
Reports to the President on enrolled legislation were prepared by the Director of the Legislative Reference Office of the Bureau of the Budget. Reports cover both private and public bills and joint resolutions submitted to the President for his approval. The legislative reports include the purpose of the act or resolution, agency recommendations, and discussions of the implications and ramifications of the legislation. Handwritten notations on the report indicate the final executive action which was taken. If a signing ceremony was held or a statement issued, a notation was made on the report. Attached to each report are agency recommendations, congressional committee reports and copies of the final act or resolution. If a statement was issued or a press conference held, copies were usually attached to the report. Agency drafts of possible statements by the President are also included.
The reports on bills that President Johnson vetoed are listed below. A veto is the procedure established under the Constitution by which the President refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. The veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House. The Constitution grants the President 10 days to review a measure passed by the Congress. If the President has not signed the bill after 10 days, it becomes law without his signature. However, if Congress adjourns during the 10-day period, the bill does not become law; this is known as a pocket veto.