For the first time in five years, President Obama exercises his veto power, rejecting a measure to build the Keystone Pipeline.
The move kicks off what is expected to be a flurry of other vetoes on measures Republicans send to the White House, now that they control both chambers of congress.
President Obama has already threatened to reject more than a dozen pieces of legislation.
Up for veto are, bills to roll back the Affordable Care Act, and reversing his executive action on immigration.
On the Keystone Pipeline, it appears unlikely the GOP lawmakers will be able to reverse the President’s veto. The threshold for doing so requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber of Congress.
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto:
“Construction of the Keystone pipeline is supported by Republicans, Democrats, small business owners, labor unions and a majority of the American people. Given this broad agreement, Congress passed a bipartisan bill that would support tens of thousands of American jobs and inject billions into our economy at no cost to the taxpayer. It would enhance the larger goals of increasing our energy security and keeping gas prices more stable for consumers.
“Instead of signing this pro-growth solution into law, President Obama elected to say no to progress and yes to politics. This is a purely political veto that will further cement frustration with Washington. The President’s veto is a missed opportunity for everyone but corporate environmental extremists.”
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.) released the following statement after the veto:
“By vetoing this pro-jobs, pro-energy, and pro-national security project, the President ignored the will of an overwhelming majority of the American people,” said Bucshon. “Republicans, Democrats, union workers, and industry leaders – over 60 percent of Americans – agree Keystone is a common-sense project that should be approved. I’m disappointed the President put the interests of a few ideological extremists over our national interests.”