Spend some time reading about how the presidential veto has fallen into disuse, and you can't help but think it coincides with an era where the power of Congress has been weakened. However, the Constitution grants Congress the authority to shape legislation and prevent the President from unilaterally enacting policies. One significant tool at their disposal is the ability to override a presidential veto.
When President Joe Biden issued his first veto since taking office, rejecting a bipartisan measure that would nullify a new administration rule, it highlighted the power struggle between the executive and legislative branches. The veto demonstrated that Congress still plays a crucial role in the policy-making process. Biden's veto power is expected to be wielded soon to save a Department of Labor rule related to ESG investments, further emphasizing the importance of Congress in shaping legislation.
The process of overriding a presidential veto requires Congress to muster a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This supermajority requirement ensures that the override is not an easy task, emphasizing the significance of bipartisan support and compromise in the political process. However, if Congress can secure the necessary majority, they can successfully override the President's veto.