President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL With Blistering Veto Message


President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill today, with a short message to Republicans in Congress that should serve as a warning that this president is won’t be bullied by anyone.


In his veto message the president said:

I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.” Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.

The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.

The president’s message accurately accused Republicans in Congress of trying to circumvent processes while also undercutting the powers of the president. Keystone XL was an attempt by Republicans to take power away from the president. The American people strongly support the president’s position of allowing the process to play out on Keystone XL.


This veto is about more than a piece of legislation that was passed only for the benefit of a foreign oil company. Congressional Republicans tried to bully the President on the pipeline, and he pushed back. Obama’s veto message was short, but it layered with the broader political conflict that will be contested over the last two years of his presidency.

Republicans thought that they were going to show the dominance of their congressional majority. Instead, they have run into a president who is going to stand tall, and fight for what he believes is the right thing for the country until the day that he leaves office.


57 Replies to “President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL With Blistering Veto Message”

  1. Hope the senators who voted YES will have to give back that $250,000 each for that Trans-Canada BRIBE!!!!

  2. Hey Joe Manchin……


    Give the money back Joe.

    Machin only votes with the Dems 52% of the time.

    He is no Democrat…….

    There are now more people working in the solar industry than in the coal industry.

    Manchin lives in the past.

  3. And so it begins….

    We shall see if His Orangeness and Sen. McTurtle even bother with a veto override vote LMAO

    (they don’t have the votes in either House of Congress, let alone both, to do it LOL)

  4. Trust me, the idiots will try it again and again, over and over, again and again until it MIGHT pass by 2/3rds votes.

    Remember how governor good hair kept calling additional sessions to get that stupid abortion bill thru TEAxASS?

  5. Good on you Mr. President.

    The Republican congress whines daily about the President’s overreach, yet when there are responsibilities granted to the Executive Branch, and NOT to congress, they seem to think they can take those prerogatives away from the President.

    They KNOW what the Constitution says about the differences between the Legislative and Executive branch, but choose to ignore,and violate, the law of the land.

    Too bad, so sad. Grow the hell up.

  6. If only he would veto the TPP. His explanation makes no sense for why he wants this trade agreement written by corporations.

  7. Here are some factual links for the trolls:
    Lets see how many NO WAYs I get [WINK]

    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE
    Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air –
    Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”

  8. Exactly what responsibilities do you think Congress is trying to grab? Can you show us all where in the US Constitution, the president is granted the power to deny the building of a pipeline?

  9. A promise made, a promise kept:

    Obamacare (Complete Total 2015 graph: 32 Million People in 1 graph)
    While saving over $15 Billion on prescription drugs cost:

    Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline:

    Nasdaq rose .1% > 4,968 (last time hit 5000 in March 2000, just before the crash of dot com bubble):

    Well done Mr. President, well done, sir..

  10. hey ed- its called presidential veto and the constitution grants the president those powers. that’s it. end of story. maybe you righties need to read the constitution as it contains much more then just the 2nd amendment. you people are an embarrassment to this great country.

  11. I’m glad Obama has the willingness to buck that pitiful Congress of ours. I hope he knocks them so far down that the only thing they have left is to make disgusting armpit sounds, which would probably achieve more than their childish obstructionism.[WINK]

  12. Since the house & the senate is full of Rep/TP there will be many many more bills the President will have to VETO unless they learn the art of compromise quickly. Also we cannot I repeat cannot lose the 2016
    Presidential race, if that were to happen it’s OVER.
    The Rep/TP have bought and control to many states.
    All of the South, most of the Midwest, some of the Southwest and some of the Northest. We have to make this happen!!!

  13. What’s this “show us all” bit? You’re a minority of one here, Bubba.

    Don’t you libertarians EVER do your own research?

  14. McConnell says he is going to try to overturn the presidents veto. I hope he hasn’t stocked up on his blood pressure meds. I’m looking forward to his head blowing off. No way he’ll get two-thirds.

  15. Boehner could give a phuck less about America. Here is why he’s pushing so hard:

    “Revelations this past week from his financial disclosure forms show that John Boehner has invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that have a stake in Canada’s oil sands.”

    Real simple really. Boehner is just another greedy Koch sucker trying his best to phuck our country while lining his pockets.

    A bigger conflict of interest will be hard to find. This guy should spend the rest of his life in prison doing hard time!

  16. But yet it is ok for him to circumvent the rules but he will be damned if he will let the Republican’s do the same. Problem is they are following the rules by putting the bill through congressional approval and then to the president DA for approval. Not like him changing the immigration rules without any approval from congress and against most of Americans opinions. But that is ok because it is what he wants and not what the Republicans want. Way to go pres, guarantee that the next president is not a democrat.

  17. Ah, Victor; you are aware that both Presidents Reagan and Bush enacted Presidential orders not just similar, but identical to President Obama’s?

    In 1986, Reagan enacted a sweeping overhaul that gave legal status to up to 3 million immigrants without authorization to be in the country, if they had come to the U.S. before 1982.

    King Bush I enacted the “Family Fairness Act” in 1990, which again is exactly the same as Obama’s

    “It’s clear that it’s fully within his legal authority to issue these orders. Republicans ‘didn’t raise any objections in the past when Republican presidents issued similar orders. This is pure political theater.” – Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.

    Also, according to the Pew Research Centre, Americans are vastly in favour of immigration.

    Do you even research, bro?

  18. Over at Fox News posted link–thousands of comments from white trash screaming THE BLACK MAN TOOK AWAY OUR ONLY HOPE FOR A JOB/ONLY CHANGE THAT MEANS GAS IS AT $2 A GALLON!

  19. This past November the GOP became sure that they had received a mandate to do to, or with, the Nation, anything they so wished — that their new Senate majority and reinforced House majority gave them the right to steamroll their wishes into law.

    Mr. Obama has demonstrated to them that, should they wish to govern, it is time to start governing. Government does not function by the dictates of a single party. It is expected that the party in power has enough votes to pass legislation; but, should the President be of the opposite party, then Congress will have to work with that opposite party to find ground that is acceptable to all.

    Two months gone and not a whole lot accomplished to date — just a lot of foot-stomping. We have another 22 months to find out if the Republicans can learn how to govern.

  20. Am happy President Obama Veto the Keystone Pipeline. the Rosebud Sioux Tribe president Cyril L. Scott told the Congress and the Representatives that if he see the Keystone Pipeline coming through the reservation it will be an act of war and he will close all borders to the Reservation and that he will sign the declaration of war but that will be at his desk even after Obama get out of office we Lakota’s foretold that a Republican will win the Next Presidency and all hell will brick lose let hope that never happens

  21. Hey, Ed—perhaps after seeing the “Schoolhouse Rock” episode, you might want to take off your brownshirt and black boots to see that you’re in AMERICA, AND NOT IN NAZI GERMANY—-sheesh, these little republicaNazi pukes try as hard as they can to make this country into a Fascist state……….

  22. Congress thought they were going to bully the president and show their dominance? Not likely.

    The Presidential Veto is granted by the Constitution of the United States of America. This is not some new, brave, honorable tool President Obama is using.

    Congress thought they were going to get paid by a big oil company, and they did. They accomplished their purpose and couldn’t care less that the President vetoed the bill, as they no doubt knew he would.

    Political “news” like this, from both sides, makes me weep for the lack of education and good sense in our country. Legislative bribes like those that powered this bill make me weep for the corruption that our system encourages and invites on all levels of government.

  23. I agree. Michigan taxpayers have doled out over EIGHT MILLION to clean up a pipeline leak;they are not done yet!

  24. Now let’s hope the President stands firm on the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the same reasons he vetoed this bill. Too much lack of transparency!!

  25. The hypocrisy involved in criticizing the opposition for circumventing “established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interests” is simply astounding. I’m so glad that we’ll be shipping oil by rail, or Canada will build a pipeline to it’s coast to sell its oil to other countries. Bad for the country, bad for the environment, and justified on blindingly hypocritical grounds.

  26. Totally agree with you. What some of the GOP Wannabees should do is read Ms Clinton’s book, Hard Choices. I loaded it onto my Kindle in April, and later they will regret not checking it out. May God bless you and yours..
    I am working on a new book that hopefully doesn’t give the’Speaker’ cardiac arrest, title is FRAUD.

    George Enice Lawhon WINK

  27. I plan to add a new book to those I have listed on Amazon.
    Title: FRAUD as committed by certain members of Congress against the voting public, in violation of the Constitution.

    Source material for the book can be found in my book, “A Citizens Manual for Amending the U.S. Constitution” and at the link
    George Enice Lawhon WINK

  28. “Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.”

    The Congress is a legislative body; they do not have authority over other bodies, such as the State Department. Intrinsic to the Constitution is a Separation of Powers to avoid tyranny (one of the many reasons gun nuts and mis-interpreters of the Second Amendment are way off the mark thinking guns are the only thing preventing tyranny and enslavement); Congress would be breaching the Constitution if it forced another body or state to do, well, anything…

  29. So I guess the President is saying that Congress must follow established rules to get things done but he does not. Sounds pretty hypocritical to me

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