On Monday the White House issued a veto threat against H.R. 5016, the appropriations bill which contains the amendment from Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to prevent D.C. from spending money on marijuana decriminalization or legalization. President Obama opposes the underlying bill for several reasons laid out in the statement but did specifically mention the Harris amendment as one.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 15, 2014 9:51 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 19, 2013 8:35 am|
The veto threat is not even necessary because there is no way the bill would even get past the Senate. At this point everyone is basically just going through the motions to show a handful of conservative Republicans in Congress this defund Obamacare plan simply can’t work.
|By: David Dayen Friday November 30, 2012 12:28 pm|
Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 27, 2012 10:30 am|
The New Hampshire State Senate narrowly failed to overturn Governor John Lynch’s (D) veto of SB 409, which would have permitted the use of medical marijuana in the state. This effectively dooms the prospects for medical marijuana in New Hampshire this year. Lynch had previously vetoed a similar medical marijuana bill in 2009, which the legislature at the time also failed to override.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 18, 2012 2:33 pm|
The House has passed this year’s defense authorization bill which departs from last year’s debt limit deal by adding $8 billion above spending targets set for the military, and by replacing the defense side of the automatic “trigger” cuts with cuts from elsewhere in the budget.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 18, 2012 10:15 am|
The White House is on a veto spree today. They threatened to veto the House’s new 90-day surface transportation extension because it includes a quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Without an explicit veto threat, they “oppose” any version of a cybersecurity bill that violates user privacy. And they threatened to veto a not-so-small business tax cut bill expected out of the House this week.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 15, 2012 11:50 am|
The White House formally threatened a veto of the House version of a surface transportation bill, opening the question of whether any long-term bill will get signed before March when current funding on roads and bridges expires. Between the terrible House version and the Senate’s, it’s choosing between one with a bunch of disastrous elements, and another which has none of those but which is too small for the task at hand.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 14, 2011 5:00 pm|
After its FBI Director told Congress that the revisions to the defense authorization bill did not satisfy his concerns with the bill, the White House issued a statement of Administration policy saying that they would not veto the bill, despite an earlier threat.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 14, 2011 8:40 am|
The House passed its payroll tax cut Christmas tree of a bill yesterday, with a minimal amount of defections from the conservative wing of the caucus. The final vote was 234-193. Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure, while ten Democrats (Barrow, Boren, Boswell, Braley, Cardoza, Donnelly, Loebsack, Matheson, Ross, Walz) voted for it. The President has promised a veto, and the bill is DOA in the Senate.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 13, 2011 9:00 am|
Two major year-end pieces of legislation were readied yesterday, and in this case, House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on the measures, expecting to pass them by the end of the week. First, appropriators agreed to a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill covering the rest of the fiscal year (to September 30 of next year) on domestic spending. They also agreed on the defense spending bill, which still allows indefinite detention of suspects.