Politics & Policy

President Obama Averages One Veto Threat Every Five Days

President Obama spent years tarring House Republicans as the cause of a “do-nothing” Congress, but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) has turned that critique back on him.

Obama welcomed the new Congress by issuing veto threats about once every five days, on average, McCarthy’s team points out.

“In the first 100 days alone, President Obama threatened to veto 22 bills, including 17 House-passed bills with bipartisan support,” according to a new post on the majority leader’s website. “He has now issued nearly 25 veto threats since the beginning of the new year.”

The post notes that two of those “bills were so bipartisan that they passed committee by a voice vote.”

Of course, Obama isn’t alone in this effort. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) filibustered a bill intended to help human trafficking victims after the legislation cleared the Judiciary Committee with unanimous support. Reid and the Democrats claimed they hadn’t realized the bill contained language stipulating that federal funds collected from human traffickers couldn’t be used to pay for abortions. They dropped the filibuster after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) refused to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general until after the passage of the human trafficking legislation.

— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.

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