Apr 29, 2015

President Obama Again Chooses Vetoes Over Working with Congress

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Every week the House is in session, Congress is passing bipartisan bills for the American people. Early on, the House passed a bipartisan bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. The House then passed a bill to restore the 40-hour workweek destroyed by Obamacare. In fact, the House has spent its entire first 100 days passing bipartisan bills to relieve the regulatory burden on the American people, reform the EPA, and increase charitable giving.

But despite Republicans reaching across the aisle to pass good legislation, the President has responded with veto threats.

This week, President Obama issued back-to-back veto threats against two appropriations bills before they even had a chance to reach the House floor. In fact, the bills were so bipartisan that they passed committee by a voice vote.

  • First, President Obama threatened to veto Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations that would create electronic health records for veterans and cut down on the disability claims backlog in the VA, all while instituting even more necessary reform in the VA.
  • Next, the White House threatened to veto Energy and Water appropriations, which would update some of our critical water infrastructure projects, make sure our nuclear stockpiles are safe, and force the Bureau of Reclamation to finally complete feasibility studies for new water projects in California that have been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for years even as California endures the worst drought in a generation.

President Obama has shown time and again that he is unwilling to work with Congress by threatening to veto bills before they even get a chance to reach his desk.

In the first 100 days alone, President Obama threatened to veto 22 bills, including 17 House-passed bills with bipartisan support. He has now issued nearly 25 veto threats since the beginning of the new year. 

The American people don’t want vetoes. They want Washington to work. But it can only work if the President stops his obstruction and starts cooperating with Congress.