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February 5, 2015

A Shift in White House Budget Strategy?

Eric Chalmers of the Senate Budget Committee unpacks copies of President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2016 Feb. 2. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Eric Chalmers of the Senate Budget Committee unpacks copies of Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For years, President Barack Obama has made a demand Republican leaders would not accept: He would only replace automatic spending cuts with a package that included a tax increase.

Obama himself made very real threats on the subject that amounted to no revenue, no deal.

That lasted through the failed supercommittee in 2011, was repeated on New Year’s Eve 2012 as the deal came together to avert the fiscal cliff, and held through the imposition of the sequester in March of 2013. But Obama’s stance started to crack when Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., cut their modest, two-year budget agreement in December 2013. Full story

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Seeks End to ‘Mindless Austerity’ (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:55 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s opening salvo in this year’s budget wars with the new Republican Congress aims to shift the conversation away from four years of austerity. He received a predictably frosty reception.

Obama’s $4.066 trillion budget would unshackle discretionary spending from the legislative tourniquet known as the sequester. That allows about a 7 percent increase in defense and domestic discretionary programs — or $74 billion. Full story

January 20, 2015

Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.

(Read the speech as prepared for delivery here. And watch the RollCall.com live stream.)

President Barack Obama declared his policies to be working — doing a victory lap on slashed deficits, lower gas prices and a shrinking unemployment rate.

Full story

December 19, 2014

Obama Rattles Veto Pen but Hopes for Productive Congress

President Barack Obama said Friday he hopes to work with the new Republican Congress on tax changes, rebuilding roads and bridges and trade, but warned he’s prepared to use his veto pen — something he hasn’t done since 2010.

And after signing the “cromnibus” including the repeal of an anti-bailout provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street overhaul, Obama says he won’t do that again — nor will he sign provisions that cost people health insurance. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 3:16 p.m.
Veto Threats

December 2, 2014

Obama Ready to Cave on Guantánamo Again

Obama says he still wants to see the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, but may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama told a shopper Saturday he’s working to close Guantanamo Bay, but he may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama told someone at a bookstore over the weekend he was working on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but he appears to be getting ready for what has become a traditional year-end cave on the issue.

It now seems all-but-certain the president will sign the National Defense Authorization Act, despite the expected inclusion of language effectively banning him from transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil — despite an earlier vow to veto such a bill.

Full story

November 25, 2014

Obama Would Veto Corporate Tax Cut Bill (Updated)

Obama would veto a $450 billion tax cut bill tax extenders

Obama would veto a $450 billion tax cut bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:37 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto an emerging $450 billion tax cut deal coming together in the Senate because it doesn’t do enough for the middle class, according to the White House.

“The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families,” said Jen Friedman, deputy White House press secretary.

The emerging package of tax cuts negotiated by top Democrats and Republicans would extend an array of mostly business tax breaks — some permanently — while some of the president’s priorities would be left on the cutting room floor.

The package includes the research and development break and is expected to revive a slew of other provisions that benefit corporate interests, including NASCAR, film producers and the owners of racehorses.

The so-called “tax extenders” package has been in the works for months, after most of the provisions expired in January. Democrats negotiated to add some of their preferred tax cuts, including a tax subsidy for mass transit and the deductibility of sales taxes, but other provisions, like an enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit, would expire. Full story

November 24, 2014

Obama Wants Middle Class Aid Before Corporate Tax Breaks (Updated)

Democrats repeatedly harped about programs to help the middle class in the run-up to the midterm elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats repeatedly harped about programs to help the middle class in the run-up to the midterm elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:10 p.m. | Corporate tax lobbyists hoping for a holiday treat from Congress may get a lump of coal from President Barack Obama.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the president would “strongly oppose” a package of corporate tax cut extenders without doing something for the middle class.

“I can tell you that the reports are not promising,” Earnest said. “The reports suggest that there may be some in Congress who want to provide tax relief to businesses and to corporate insiders but not ensuring that … those benefits are shared by middle-class families.

“So certainly the administration would not be supportive of a package that provided relief to corporations without providing relief to middle-class families.

Full story

November 20, 2014

Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action (Updated) (Video)

Immigration reform protesters hold up signs in front of the White House on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where about 130 were arrested in an act of civil disobedience on the sidewalk. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Immigration reform protesters hold up signs in front of the White House on Aug. 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official.

The official left no doubt that the White House is prepared for a shutdown standoff if Republicans attach a rider to the upcoming spending bill needed to keep the government open past Dec. 11.

In a background briefing ahead of the president’s primetime speech Thursday, four senior administration officials detailed the president’s sweeping new executive actions — the winners and the losers — and the legal basis for them.

Ultimately, the president decided to act this week after consulting with Democratic leaders, concluding that Republicans would react the same way whether he acted now or later, so “Why wait,” said one official. Full story

November 17, 2014

Obama Full Speed Ahead on EPA Climate Regulations; Your Move, McConnell

Podesta, right, is dismissing Republican efforts to roll back Obama's climate agenda and EPA climate regulations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Podesta, right, is dismissing Republican efforts to roll back Obama’s climate agenda including EPA climate regulations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s administration is dismissing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to target the EPA’s efforts to cap carbon emissions and what he calls the “War on Coal.”

“I don’t believe they can stop us,” White House counselor John Podesta said when asked about the Kentucky Republican’s plans on a conference call announcing another climate report Monday.

McConnell made fighting the EPA climate regulations a key part of his successful re-election bid, and vowed on election night that his supporters’ voices on the issue will be heard in Washington.

But so far the White House has, if anything, accelerated its efforts. Podesta said the EPA would be hard at work finalizing its key rule cutting carbon emissions for existing power plants in the coming months — something that is expected to shutter a number of coal plants by 2030. The president also committed to emissions reductions in an agreement with China’s leaders on his Asia trip, and the administration is looking to take other executive actions to align grant and other programs to fight climate change and mitigate its effects. Full story

July 14, 2014

Obama to Congress: Hands Off D.C.’s Marijuana Policy

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., opposes an effort by the House GOP to nix the District's attempt to decriminalize marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., opposes an effort by the House GOP to nix the District’s attempt to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House has a message for Congress — hands off the District of Columbia, including its new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

Buried in a broadly worded veto threat of the Financial Services appropriations bill, the administration said Monday it “strongly opposes” language restricting the District’s ability to spend its own money on a host of issues, including implementing marijuana policy and abortions.

“The Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule,” the administration said. “Furthermore, the language poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.” Full story

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