Saturday, January 10, 2015

Obama sets the Tone for His Version of Bipartisanship by Welcoming the New Congress with a Keystone Veto Threat

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, one of the top priorities of the brand new Republican Congress.
The veto threat came even as the 114th Congress was being sworn in, foreshadowing a legislative tug-of-war likely to define the last two years of the Obama presidency.
And while both parties sounded optimistic bipartisan notes, the veto threat made clear that cooperation will be the exception and confrontation will be the rule.
"The president threatening to veto the first bipartisan infrastructure bill of the new Congress must come as a shock to the American people who spoke loudly in November in favor of bipartisan accomplishments," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the new Senate majority leader. "Once again the president is standing in the way of a shovel-ready jobs project that would help thousands of Americans find work."
Obama has insisted that the project's economic benefits have been oversold — saying the project would create only 2,000 temporary construction jobs and fewer permanent jobs operating the pipeline. Republicans have claimed job numbers as high as 42,000.
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Obama team puts Keystone bill opposition in writing

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