White House Threatens Veto of Boehner Bill

Is this not the same White House that blasted Republicans for 'not being able to say yes to anything?'


President Obama on Tuesday formally opposed the latest House Republican bill to address the debt ceiling, but stopped just short of promising to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk in the next week.

In an official statement of administration policy, the White House said the president “strongly opposes House passage” of the bill championed by House Speaker John A. Boehner as the way to end the debt stalemate.

But in contrast to other veto threats, the two-sentence message to the Congress did not say he would veto the bill, which is known as S. 627.

“If S. 627 is presented to the president, the president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto this bill,” the message said

The message could serve to help Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, round up votes for a competing, Democratic plan in his chamber. If Senators think the House bill is not viable, they might be more inclined to support Mr. Reid’s version.

But the wiggle room in the statement suggests that the president wants to leave himself the possibility of signing Mr. Boehner’s version if it’s the only option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in the last hours before the Aug. 2 deadline next week.