Jan 8, 2015

One Week, Three Veto Threats

Correction: This post has been updated (original title: “One Week, Three Veto Threats, 300 New Regulation”) to correct for an inaccurate count of regulatory activity in the first week of the new year. The original post stated that the Obama Administration issued 300 regulations in the first seven days of 2015. This count incorrectly included items that have little to no impact on the regulatory burden facing Americans, such as notices and some proposed rules.

Only one week into the New Year, President Obama is making obstruction his top priority

In the first two days of the new Congress, President Obama has already issued three veto threats against bipartisan bills. Despite the bills having strong support on both sides of the aisle, President Obama has indicated that he will veto bills restoring the 40-hour workweek under Obamacare, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and delaying a part of the flawed Dodd-Frank regulations.

Though the President has talked a big game about working with Congress and cleaning up government, it’s becoming very clear what his priorities are. While the House and Senate pass bills to help American workers under Obamacare and spur job growth and North American energy independence with the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama is ignoring the will of the people.

The House remains committed to increasing freedom, expanding opportunity, and holding government accountable. The President should put down his veto pen and do the same.