Christmas has come and gone. While many of us are engaged in after-holiday activities, Obama has given America a late “gift” by saying to Republicans in Congress that he will use his famous pen to veto legislation that might derail his immigration plans, climate change agenda, and infamous health care law. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only used his veto pen twice on legislation. However, with Republicans taking control of the Senate in January, Obama has predicted he will need to use it more often.
In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Obama stated, “I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office. Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.”
With a Democratic-controlled Senate and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stifling many House bills, Obama has not had to engage in the veto process. Any legislation passed by the Republican majority House that did not fit with the Democratic agenda was quickly “laid to rest” on the desk of Harry Reid or killed in the Senate. On issues where Congress could not establish legislation, Obama used his “executive order” pen to create legislation or rewrite current laws.
Obama declared, “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.”
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