Federalist No. 73

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Alexander Hamilton

Federalist No. 73, authored by Alexander Hamilton under the pen name Publius, is the seventy third of 85 essays. Titled "The Provision For The Support of the Executive, and the Veto Power", Hamilton writes about the president's salary as well as his veto power.

It was published on March 21, 1788.

Summary

Hamilton notes that the presidential veto represents a shield and additional security against improper laws. With a view toward the separation of powers of the three branches, the veto is a "check upon the legislative body" which can reduce faction.

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