Despite his call for bi-partisanship and his claim to desire a better working relationship with the newly-minted Republican Congress, President Obama spent much of his seventh State of the Union Address issuing promises to veto bills that Congress has already begun working on.
CNN’s Jake Tapper detailed many of the bills currently in the works promised that would be vetoed by the president, including:
- changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulations that many believe have impeded banks from lending to small business owners,
- modifications to the Affordable Care Act that would restore many employees to full-time status after having their hours reduced by employers looking to avoid penalties
- de-funding Obama’s executive actions on illegal immigration amnesty
- imposing a new round of sanctions on Iran (something that has bi-partisan support in the Senate
Tapper’s CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer chimed in and said, “I don’t know about you, Jake, I don’t remember a State of the Union address where I heard a president issue so many veto threats to the Republican majority, to the opposite party in the United States Congress.”
Once again, President Obama’s breaks new ground. Unprecedented.