White House Raises Veto Threat on Boehner Plan

But the bill won't pass Senate anyhow, says administration
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2011 2:15 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference at The Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – As John Boehner’s debt bill approaches a likely vote tomorrow, the White House has issued a veto threat. The brief statement tells Congress that “the president’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto” Boehner’s plan in the event that it passes Congress. But President Obama’s press secretary said he wouldn’t have to veto the bill because the Senate wouldn’t pass it anyhow, the New York Times reports.

A GOP aide, meanwhile, told reporters that the administration statement was “actually NOT a veto threat," Politico notes. “While clearly trying to lend a hand to the failing effort to pass the Senate bill"—an alternate plan put forward by Harry Reid—the White House "leaves wide open the potential for the President to sign the House plan.” And the deadline moves closer ...

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