George Washington


Did Washington veto any bills from Congress?

Yes, George Washington vetoed two bills during his two terms in office. In 1792, he vetoed the Apportionment Act that would have set the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives based on the U.S. Census of 1790. Key members of Washington’s cabinet advised Washington that the measure was unconstitutional. Washington took their advice and vetoed the measure. Congress attempted to override the veto, but could not obtain the necessary two-thirds majority.

In his second term Washington vetoed a bill that would have eliminated the light dragoons—the mounted infantry of the U.S. military. Washington felt the measure was unwise, writing that it “is generally agreed that some Cavalry either Militia or regular will be necessary.”


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