Re: The Veto Threat

by Andrew Stiles

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R., Ohio) office sees “wiggle room” in the White House veto threat. In fact, they don’t consider it a veto threat at all — it “leaves wide open” the possibility that President Obama will sign the plan — and wonder which “advisors” (political or economic) are issuing these recommendations. Either way, they argue, the administration could have at least provided some justification for its statement of opposition. “The House plan is the only one with a pathway to the President’s desk, and we appreciate his apparent willingness to sign it,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement. “By signing the House bill, the President could quickly end the crisis atmosphere he’s created and demonstrate he’s serious about cutting spending.”