President Obama warned Republicans that he would use his veto power on legislation he dislikes ahead of the New Year. The Associated Press,
He’s wielded the veto pen through his first nearly six years very sparingly. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances.
“I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office,” Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.”
He added: “I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made in health care. I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made on environment and clean air and clean water.”
Obama’s warning to the GOP that he’ll veto legislation if necessary to protect his agenda and laws like the Affordable Care Act came as he sought to set the tone for a year in which Congress and the president are on a near-certain collision course. Buoyed by decisive gains in last month’s midterm elections, Republicans are itching to use their newfound Senate majority to derail Obama’s plans on immigration, climate change and health care, to name a few.
… Republicans are itching to use their newfound Senate majority to derail Obama’s plans on immigration, climate change and health care, to name a few.
Hmmm… a new Republican majority, having won seats in the mid-term elections, but still lacking a two-thirds advantage in either house, wants to force their agenda on a Democratic president — a Democratic president who has rarely used a veto to date. Where have we heard that before?
Oh yes, Bill Clinton and the vaunted House Republican Freshman Class of 1994! No worries though — we just know it has to go better for the GOP this time, right?