In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, but drawing hopeful expressions of support from lawmakers in both parties.
Brushing aside complaints from critics, the Senate on Friday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Administration, as Democrats blocked quick votes on four other Trump nominations, delaying action on them until later this month.
With Congress out of town on an extended break, it was expected that President Obama would be able to use this week to veto a bill that authorizes the start of construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Last Friday, GOP leaders staged a signing ceremony for the Keystone bill, taking the next step to formally send it to President Obama.
But, while the Speaker tweeted out, “At long last” – this is one of those ‘pull back the curtain’ moments about Congress – as Republicans decided to hold on to the bill, and not send it to the White House just yet – delaying a veto by the President.
While the bill has already been approved by both the House and Senate, the actual legislation won’t be sent to the White House until next week, when lawmakers return from a President’s Day break.
That way, the GOP will have lawmakers in town, ready to publicly respond when the President vetoes the plan.
And it allowed Republicans to use social media to press the case for Keystone:
After over six years in office, President Obama has only vetoed two bills.
He will have to wait another week or so to get his chance at a third veto, this one on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.