In an interview he recorded just prior to leaving Washington to begin his Hawaiian vacation, President Barack Obama predicted gridlock throughout the next two years. He plans to use his pen (of pen and phone fame) to veto legislation coming from the incoming Republican Congress.
During his six years in office, the president has only vetoed legislation twice, according to the Associated Press. But then again, there was little need to to do so previously.
The Democrats controlled both chambers during his first two years in office. Throughout the last four, he had Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to run interference for him by blocking bills the president didn’t like.
The 114th Congress, beginning January 3rd, promises to be a whole new ballgame.
“I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office,” Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday, according to the AP via CNS News. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.”
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