White House issues (soft?) veto threat
July 26th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

White House issues (soft?) veto threat

The White House issued an official veto threat to the debt ceiling bill proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, amid speculation President Obama would consider signing the bill if it passed both houses of Congress.

But the phrasing of the statement notably appears to allow President Obama a little wiggle room on the matter, perhaps offering Republicans a glimmer of hope the Boehner-backed measure would be signed if it scored full congressional approval and was the only option.

"The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 627," the White House said in a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP). "If S. 627 is presented to the President, the President's senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill."

Past veto statements by the White House have directly said the president would veto a bill instead of declaring senior advisors would recommend he do it.

The statement came on the heels of a growing sense on the Hill that Obama might sign the GOP-backed plan because he notably did not threaten to veto it in his primetime speech Wednesday. Still the president has long threatened to veto any bill that proposes raising the ceiling in a two-step process, as Boehner’s does.

When asked about a veto threat during his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the issue all together, saying the subject was moot because the administration does not even expect the measure to pass the Senate.

Topics: President Obama

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  1. bamarulz

    Elect a socialist to the presidency and you get chaos. I expected it- how about you?
    Please don't make that mistake again people.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Tristan

      You are an absolute jerk.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • John

        It is amazing how thoughtful the comments are from the left. I guess when you are on the wrong side of an issue all you have are insults.

        July 27, 2011 at 8:42 am |
      • jean2009

        John should know, that is all he does. Tristan is on the right side

        July 28, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • John

      New bumper sticker on my car;
      "Hope For Change In 2012"
      People keep asking me where I got it. I think I may buy a bunch and sell them...

      July 27, 2011 at 8:41 am |
      • jean2009

        Mine says:
        Obama -Biden 2012

        July 28, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • jean2009

      Our founding fathers were progressive liberal socialist....so that is a good thing.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  2. Joseph Zrnchik, MAJ (Ret.)

    Democratic and Republican presidents can lie the nation into war, kill millions, steal hundreds of billions of dollars, torture, murder and enagage in murderous decade-long occupations, bomb hospitals and wedding parties and all is okay. But, argue money and now its impeachment time.

    We should default on the Federal Reserve!
    It is time for the people to revolt.

    Google: "Day of Rage in D.C."

    July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • jean2009

      I advocate throwing traitors like you in prison with Assange.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  3. pfh46n2

    I really wish the republicans would stop overplaying their hand. What do you think?
    Poll: Obama vs Boehner ; vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/1555999/

    July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • kefa34

      if our nation can issue a dollar bond
      it can issue a dollarbill the element
      that makes the bond good makes the
      bill good also .

      July 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      I liked the Jack&Jill Politics poll.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  4. kefa34

    some of the biggest men in the united state in the field
    of commerce and manfacture are afraid of something
    they know that there is a power somewhere so organized
    so subtle so watchful so interlocked so complete so pervasive
    that they had better not speak above their breath when
    they speak in condemnation of it
    so we need the men of jesus to lead us out of this
    jesus has all the power he has what we need
    pray that jesus helps us the other team will
    only hurt us more and more and more ,

    July 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    The capitulator-in-chief rises to the occasion. Lovely. Grow a pair, Obama! More people blame the Rs for this mess (and rightly so!). Use that to our advantage. And, by 'our' I mean the American people who are being slowly screwed by the wealthy and big business. Job creators my lily white bottom.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • John

      I am sure it has nothing to do with the lame stream media. Al Sharpton is now a commentator on MSDNC – you are with him, need I say more?

      July 27, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Moodybloo

      You should grow a pair – EARS and EYES. Listen to what YOUR president says and look at what he actually does !!! How could you vote for this phony ???

      July 27, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • jean2009

      If lower taxes, no child left behind, and trickle down economics REALLY worked..we would have more jobs than people to fill them, we would have the highest ranked education system in the world, and we wouldn't have a shrinking middle class.

      Just return to the Clinton tax rates....that created 22 million jobs.

      As the old saying goes: " The proof is in the pudding."

      July 28, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  6. Moodybloo

    Obama wants a default. He is anti-American. What else could explain his behavior.

    Impeach Obama. He can't be trusted.
    Why are there white dots on the Obama birth certificate, and how did they get there?

    These are questions asked by Tom Harrison, a software designer with more than 30 years experience in graphic design. Harrison – a 58 year-old Dartmouth graduate with a background in mathematics, physics and computer science – believes the dots prove the document is a forgery.

    The Oregon-based computer software business he manages, TS4, has done general computer consulting, embedded design, software and web design, and integration and networking since 1980.

    He has used Adobe Illustrator since 1989.

    Read more: Layered colors 'simple proof' of Obama document forgery http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=326565#ixzz1TJ52IVRv

    July 27, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • John

      Obama ran on changing this country in a drastic way. He has kept his promise so I give him credit for keeping his word. Just like I give credit to the new freasman class for keeping theirs.

      July 27, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  7. Jay in NC

    This president has to be the worse negotiator, ever. Every time he is in a meeting, people walk away mad and divided. Every time he makes a speech on TV, people are divided. Never a word of encouragement, never a word of praise or common ground. It is his way or no way. A typical Liberal bully that thinks that everyone else is a moron.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • John

      Not liberal – "progressive" liberal.
      That is just the way it is with them – if they don't like a radio show they don't turn it off – they hold a rally to have it taken off the air. Same with websites, same with TV shows. It is just the way it is with them. They are open to diversity – as long as it fits their agenda. If it doesn't – screw you.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • Jay in NC

        True, John, very true.

        July 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank heavens for progressive liberals...without them the ultra-right wing conservative loyalist would have won, and we would still be a British colony.

        July 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  8. treetop45

    GOP really should quit holding this Nation HOSTAGE. Anti-Middle Class. PRO-Wealthy. Oh, but, to do so, may make Boehner CRY!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  9. Margaret Bostian

    How can these republicans be so cruel. Hold you position Mr, President. Where is the respect for the people of the country who look to all of you to guide us. I am so desgusted. I am 83 years young. Stress is not a good thing . I guess they do not care if we die.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
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