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Trump Stuns DC With Threat to Veto Budget Bill

He's upset it doesn't deal with Dreamers or his proposed border wall

(Newser) - Congress passed a last-hour spending bill early Friday, but the risk of a government shutdown remains: President Trump is threatening to veto the $1.3 trillion spending plan, reports the Hill . Trump complained that the measure doesn't address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and doesn'... More »

Ga. Gov to Veto 'Religious Liberty' Bill

'Georgia is a welcoming state ... full of loving, kind, generous people': Nathan Deal

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll veto the "religious liberty" bill passed by his state's Legislature nearly two weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Deal said in a press conference Monday at the state Capitol that House Bill 757 —which would have allowed religious leaders... More »

Congress Sends ObamaCare Repeal to President

He'll almost certainly be vetoing it

(Newser) - The GOP-led Congress sent legislation to President Obama Wednesday repealing his signature health law, fulfilling a promise to Republican voters in a presidential election year but inviting a certain veto. The nearly party-line vote in the House was 240-181. The legislation already passed the Senate last year under special rules... More »

Iran Deal Clears Senate Panel; Obama on Board

President says he would sign the measure

(Newser) - It looks like Congress will have its say on the Iran nuclear deal after all. A compromise version of legislation allowing it to do so cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with support from both parties this afternoon. In fact, it passed 19-0 , and it's expected to easily pass... More »

Senate Panel: We Have an Iran Bill

And they're optimistic it'll pass this afternoon

(Newser) - "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity." So said Sen. Bob Corker this morning in revealing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republicans and Democrats have arrived at a compromise on a bill that would give Congress... More »

Obama's 'First Significant' Veto Holds

GOP-led Senate fails to get the two-thirds majority needed to override veto

(Newser) - The GOP-controlled Senate has, as expected, failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have green-lit the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Proponents of the bill have said since its introduction that they didn't have the vote of two-thirds of the Senate... More »

Obama Vetoes Keystone Oil Pipeline

It's the third veto of his presidency

(Newser) - President Obama rejected a bill today to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. It came as no surprise. Obama offered no indication of whether he'll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has... More »

House Paves Way for Obama's First Major Veto

Congress sends Keystone pipeline bill to president's desk

(Newser) - The House today followed the Senate's lead and sent a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone oil pipeline to the president's desk. President Obama, however, has promised to use his veto pen for just the third time in his tenure, though this will be his "first major"... More »

Veto No. 3? Senate Passes Keystone

Obama has said he won't sign, and Senate is short of override threshold

(Newser) - It looks like President Obama will be dusting off his "veto pen " for just the third time in his presidency: The Senate today voted to build the Keystone oil pipeline by a vote of 62-36, reports the Hill . And while nine Democrats joined Republicans in favor of the... More »

Rick Perry: Abuse of Power Indictment Is Abuse of Power

Says it's 'outrageous' and vows to fight it

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that the indictment against him was an "outrageous" abuse of power and vowed to fight it. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen," Perry said at a news... More »

Rick Perry Indicted for 'Abusing His Powers'

Texas governor indicted for carrying out veto threat

(Newser) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry today for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption—making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent... More »

After Veto, Arkansas Tries to Save 12-Week Abortion Ban

Override attempt begins in state Senate today

(Newser) - Last week, Arkansas' governor vetoed a ban on abortions after the 20-week mark; the state legislature overrode the veto . Now, Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after just 12 weeks—and once again, lawmakers will today try to override the Democrat's veto; success would... More »

Christie Vetoes Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Governor kills legislation that passed yesterday

(Newser) - Proponents of gay marriage in New Jersey will have to try again. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation legalizing same-sex marriages today, just as he promised he would, reports the Star-Ledger . Christie, acting just one day after the Assembly sent the measure to his desk, reiterated his call for the issue... More »

House Passes Stopgap; Obama Promises Veto

President calls it a 'distraction,' and it won't clear Senate anyway

(Newser) - The GOP-controlled House easily passed another stopgap measure today that would keep the government running for another week, but President Obama called it a "distraction" and promised to veto it if reached his desk. It probably won't, however, because Senate Democrats aren't expected to even consider it. Obama, meanwhile,... More »

Virginia Gov. Vetoes School PE Bill

'Unfunded mandate' would have required 150 minutes of PE a week

(Newser) - Virginia’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have required 150 minutes of physical activity per week at elementary and middle schools, handing a victory to school officials who complained that the measure would cost millions to staff, lengthen the school day, and take away from arts education. “... More »

Obama to GOP: Don't Make Me Veto Spending Bill

Says GOP proposal goes too far

(Newser) - President Obama issued a formal statement yesterday threatening to veto any spending bill the House GOP devises that doesn’t meet his specifications. “If the president is presented with a bill that undermines critical priorities or national security … the president will veto the bill,” the statement read,... More »

Why This Vote Really Matters

This election (and the next) is about the role of government: Krauthammer

(Newser) - Tuesday's vote will be a blast for Republicans, but "the direction of the country” won't truly be determined until the 2012 election, writes Charles Krauthammer. Until then, with Obama’s veto power and Democrats’ shrunken numbers, nothing much will get done. Still, the “beauty” of these next two... More »

Arnold Hides Vulgar Message to Legislators in Veto

Bill's author recently told governor to 'kiss my gay ass'

(Newser) - Though all political vetoes send some message, a recent one by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears to carry two—with the less-obvious one quite the kiss-off to the Democrat-controlled legislature. In the message accompanying Schwarzenegger’s veto of a financing measure, the San Francisco Bay Guardian found that, in reading... More »

Alaska's Legislature Overrides Palin Stimulus Veto

Legislature barely hits rare 75% consensus

(Newser) - Alaska’s legislature voted yesterday to override Sarah Palin’s veto of $28 million in stimulus cash to defray energy costs, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Such an override requires the support of 75% of votes; the measure passed by a hair. “Instead of being the last state in... More »

NH Gov Wants Tweaks to Gay Marriage Bill

Protection needed for religious opponents before he'll sign

(Newser) - The fate of New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage bill hinges upon giving protection to religious groups opposing the law, the Union Leader reports. Gov. John Lynch says he’ll sign the law if legislators include his suggested changes to clearly state that religious groups can’t be forced to violate... More »

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