And the first show down of 2015 is already here; White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday that President Obama will veto a bill designed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which observers expect to pass Congress next week.
Earnest dismissed the notions that vetoing the first bill passed by the Clown Car Congress would “stymie” any relations with the GOP-controlled congress — something that’s probably impossible, since there weren’t any to begin with. Instead, Earnest chose to attack the GOP for choosing their first legislation to be something they knew Obama opposed.
Get used to this. It’s going to happen a lot.
Earnest noted that the White House’s position hasn’t changed since it directed the original veto threat towards a similar bill in the previous congress. Speaking on Tuesday, Earnest said that “I can confirm for you that if this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign it either.”
He added that at stake was “an important principle,” and cited the State Department’s administrative review procedure, and the court in Nebraska that hasn’t ruled on the pipeline’s route. “There’s a well established process that should not be undermined,” Earnest said.
The embattled House Speaker, John Boehner, who won election for a second term as Speaker of the House on Tuesday, responded to the veto threat with a typical temper tantrum:
“On a bipartisan basis, the American people overwhelmingly support building the Keystone XL pipeline. After years of manufacturing every possible excuse, today President Obama was finally straight with the them about where he truly stands. His answer is no to more American infrastructure, no to more American energy, and no to more American jobs.”
No more American Infrastructure? What does the Keystone XL pipeline do to replace or repair the failing roads and water infrastructure in this country?
No more American Energy? Why is the Keystone XL pipeline prohibiting them from building massive solar farms in the American Southwest with that money instead? If Germany can do it, why can’t we?
No more American Jobs? Are the so-called “job creators” who aren’t even creating jobs going to take their toys and go home? Good riddance; get the hell out. Take the garbage on Wall Street with you.
Boehner went on to add that “Fringe extremists in the president’s party are the only ones who oppose Keystone, but the president has chosen to side with them instead of the American people and the government’s own scientific evidence that this project is safe for the environment. This is simply another sign that President Obama is hopelessly out of touch and has no plans to listen to the American people or champion their priorities.”
Boehner knows all about siding with fringe extremists, doesn’t he?
Feigning offense on behalf of Americans everywhere, the incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the veto was “a shock to the American people who spoke loudly in November in favor of bipartisan accomplishments.”
A vote is expected on Friday, and a veto sometime thereafter.
This doesn’t mean the pipeline is dead, however. The President could still approve of the pipeline after it makes its way through the proper administrative channels, first.