Obama’s bid for fewest vetoes since Garfield is in jeopardy

English: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laugh together in the Oval Office, 1/22/09.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laugh together in the Oval Office

Seemed for a time that President Obama was in line to make a little bit of history as the president who cast the fewest vetoes of any president, including one-termers, since James A. Garfield — who had no vetoes because he was shot by an assassin after four months in office in 1881.

But up to this point, Obama hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to veto, which is almost certain to change with the GOP in control of the Senate for the first time since Obama took office.

His low veto numbers, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell grumbled Sunday on “60 Minutes,” are a function of Democratic control of either the Senate or the House for the last six years.

“The reason was the Senate never sent him anything that caused him any discomfort,” McConnell said. Boehner added that, “Over the last few years, we sent 400 bills over to the Senate that never received action.”

In his State of the Union address last week, the president promised to veto any effort to repeal Obamacare, gut the Dodd-Frank rules on Wall Street, undo his executive action on immigration or threaten more Iran sanctions if the nuclear talks fail. He has also said he would veto approval of the Keystone Pipeline XL construction.

Read more at The Washington Post

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