President Obama, in an interview with NPR, sent a warning to the GOP that he’s ready to use the veto pen when Republicans take over Congress next year.
“I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office,” Obama said. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I've got to pull that pen out."
Since the president took office in 2009, he has only vetoed two pieces of legislation, but maintained in the interview that he now intends to protect the progress he has made, especially against the incoming Republican majority in the Senate. “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 said.
Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) responded to President Obama’s comments, saying he’s confident that some bipartisan bills will come to fruition despite the president threatening to veto inevitable Republican efforts to derail changes made in regard to health care, immigration and other issues.
“Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the President's desk, and he'll have to make decisions about ideology versus creating jobs for the middle class,” McConnell said. “There's a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don't like.”
Despite his intention to be more heavy-handed with the veto pen, President Obama said he intends to work with Republicans on “ areas of mutual interest,” according to USA Today.
“The fact that we disagree on one thing shouldn't prohibit us from getting progress on the areas where there's some overlap.”
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