This week it is expected that President Obama will quietly veto the bill that would authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Hill reported:
President Obama is just days away from issuing the biggest veto of his tenure, with Republicans poised to send him legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Obama’s veto — just the third of his presidency and the first since 2010 — is expected to come with little fanfare, with even opponents of the pipeline arguing the White House should avoid further angering Democrats and unions who want Keystone to be built.
In what can only be described as delusional thinking, Republicans are giddy about the veto because they think that will be able to paint President Obama as opposing job creating bills. The problem is that 61% of those surveyed in a recent poll supported the president’s position that Republicans in Congress should not short circuit the pipeline approval process. Even among Republicans, 43% want to let the review process to play out.
The politics are on President Obama’s side on the Keystone XL issue. With the EPA finding that the pipeline could raise environmental concerns, the Republican argument for rushing through the process is falling on deaf ears.
Lower gas prices have also taken the teeth out of the Republican argument that the pipeline must be authorized right now. A majority of Americans don’t share the Republican-controlled Congress’s sense of urgency on this issue. All signs point to the ridiculous Republican strategy of painting President Obama as a job creation obstructionist falling flat on its face.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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