Obama sets record for veto threats in State of the Union address

Date Posted: January 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , ,

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday set a record for most veto threats as he promised to nix legislation to tweak Obamacare, change the Dodd-Frank Wall Street legislation, undo his deportation amnesty, and approve stronger sanctions to punish Iran for its nuclear program.

Mr. Obama issued four separate threats. The first one covered Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and his unilateral immigration actions.

“If a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it,” he said.

Later, Mr. Obama promised a veto on stiffer Iran sanctions, saying that if Congress were to impose them right now, it would derail his diplomatic efforts to negotiate with Iran and alienate U.S. allies that are part of the tricky talks, which would make it easier for Iran to skate on obligations.

“It doesn’t make sense,” the president said. “That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.”

By threatening to veto at least four bills, Mr. Obama set a new record for an address to Congress.

By Stephen Dinan – Washington Times –