The Veto Heard Around The World



New York Times: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting an effort by Republicans and some Democrats to force his administration to let the highly contested energy project move forward. By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete. But the veto — his first rejection of major legislation as president — is also a demonstration of political strength directed at Republicans who now control both chambers of Congress.

Mr. Obama is signaling that he will fight back against their agenda. The Obama administration must decide whether to approve infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline, which cross a border with another country. In his veto message to Congress, delivered with no fanfare on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Obama wrote that the legislation “attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.” Mr. Obama added that “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”

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138 Responses to “The Veto Heard Around The World”

  1. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    February 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm

  2. 3 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Well I’m close to furst……..

  3. 5 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm


    NCLB and NW are Gold ⭐ ⭐ winners 😉

    Fantastic Post…….NW….. 🙂

  4. 8 GGail
    February 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Did anyone expect anything less from this awesome President?

  5. February 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Just another reason out of so many to love this man. Thank you, Mr. President

  6. February 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love this fella.

    And I love Nerdy too.

    Thank you Legend!!!!!

  7. 15 JER
    February 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  8. February 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  9. 38 Vicki
    February 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy for this comprehensive coverage.
    This veto is so important.

  10. February 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    But, but, I thought he’s a corporatist who was just waiting to sell us out to the Kochs and Exxon-Mobil!

  11. February 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

  12. February 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    LOL Hilarious – even our Prez’s veto pen is on Twitter… (Chips, care to comment?)

  13. February 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  14. February 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    This is what Alison F-ing Grimes seemed to have missed… the entire f-ing point of why she was running in the 1st place. Clinton Democrat my ARSE!

  15. 53 Allison
    February 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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      February 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm


  17. 59 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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  20. 64 vcprezofan2
    February 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Begun the veto era has
    02/24/15 03:51 PM -By Steve Benen

    President Obama repeatedly told Congress not to waste its time passing legislation on the Keystone XL oil pipeline – if they did, he’d veto it. Lawmakers would be better off investing their energies in bills that could become law.

    The Republican-led House and Senate, evidently eager to help the economy in Alberta, Canada, ignored the warnings and passed their proposal. This afternoon, the president kept his word, issuing the following message to lawmakers:

    “I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the ‘Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.’ Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.

    “The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. ………….

    Let’s acknowledge what too often goes unsaid: for Republicans, the Keystone XL pipeline is no longer about the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s just one oil project – one that would have no discernable effect on anything, except maybe the economy in western Canada (not that I have anything against western Canada’s economy).

    Rather, Keystone has become a totem of sorts. Its actual value has been rendered meaningless, replaced with post-policy symbolic value that ignores pesky details like facts and evidence. Indeed, the more Democrats and environmentalists tell Republicans this is a bad idea, the more Republicans convince themselves this is The Most Important Project In The World. It’s ideologically satisfying.

    Taking this one step further, my suspicion is that GOP officials find all of these circumstances quite convenient. Republicans don’t have a jobs agenda, or much of an economic vision in general, but they have a Keystone bill that those rascally Democrats won’t accept.

    And when pressed for an explanation on why congressional Republicans aren’t working on economic development, they immediately turn to their talking point of choice: “Keystone! Keystone! Keystone!”

    ……………………….. //


  21. 67 Allison
    February 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    A day after he engaged in multiple Twitter arguments and called Penn State students “pitiful,” ESPN suspended Keith Olbermann for a week.

    The global sports network released a statement Tuesday announcing the news, saying Olbermann’s actions were “completely inappropriate and [do] not reflect the views of ESPN.”

    StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones passed along the full statement:


  22. February 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

  23. February 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Good for President Obama. Republicans need to stop playing with him.

  24. 70 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    In the 21st Century……thus far, the Single Most Transformer………. Force…….electronically for the World.

  25. February 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    …as long as it is another Democrat!

    • 72 PamfromCalif
      February 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      California Attorney General Kamala Harris has a very good chance of becoming the next US Senator from CA.

  26. 73 vcprezofan2
    February 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Or, they **had** a Keystone bill.

      February 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm


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  29. 81 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  30. February 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Bill-O caught!

  31. February 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    We need our glasses to read the fine prints.

  32. February 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  33. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      February 24, 2015 at 7:39 pm


  34. February 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

  35. February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  36. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    A girlfriend of mine in Boston sent me this video she found online because she is so sick and tired of snow (BTW they are going to get 4 or 5 more inches tomorrow). I think a few TODer’s can relate! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  37. February 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  38. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

  39. February 24, 2015 at 6:25 pm

  40. February 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    President Obama wins another one. Net Neutrality to be approved by FCC on Thurs. The internet will be a public utility.
    “The New York Times | BREAKING NEWS ALERT
    NYTimes.com | Unsubscribe
    BREAKING NEWS Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:40 PM EST
    As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality
    Last April, a dozen New York-based Internet companies gathered in the Flatiron Building boardroom of the social media website Tumblr to hear dire warnings that broadband providers were about to get the right to charge for the fastest speeds on the web.
    The implication: If they didn’t pay up, they would be stuck in the slow lane.
    What followed has been the longest, most sustained campaign of Internet activism in history, one that the little guys appear to have won. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to regulate the Internet as a public good. On Tuesday, Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, all but surrendered on efforts to overturn the coming ruling, conceding Democrats are lining up with President Obama in favor of the F.C.C.”

  41. 103 carolyn
    February 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Question: What has happened to the Blog Roll? When I clicked on it to search for the blogs I like to read, a strange looking page came up with Blog Roll in a circle in the middle, a picture of PBO and FLOTUS on the left, and something else on the right, but no long list of the blogs I like. Is this my machine, or has something else happened? Inquiring mind wants to know.

  42. 108 MightyPamela
    February 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Obama! Obama! Obama! Gosh, the GOP just wondering why he doesn’t do what they want?? Doesn’t he love them?? {{{{{ 🐻 }}}} ❤

  43. February 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    MP, I am so looking forward for the Pope’s visit to D.C.
    I hope he slaps the hell out of these Christians who are perpetrating frauds.
    President Obama is making me smile in spite of all this winter weather and the DOJ decision for Trayvon Martin’s family.
    It would have been a good day to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head until Spring.
    But then it happened…….
    It’s getting hot in here with all of this good news!
    If Chris Christy gets indicted this week, I don’t know what I will do.

    • 110 MightyPamela
      February 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      LDS – I have a feeling you are right on with your intuitive anticipation. I have a feeling when those Archbishops elected Pope Francis, they had no idea he would be the one to finally bring the RCC into the Light of cleansing and relief. Too many centuries have passed with people not getting from their religion what Christ came to teach. “Love One Another as I Have Loved You.” Now, what part of that is so hard to understand??? And when Christie gets his turn to dance with Lady Karma, she will not be the one following around the dance floor, if you know what I mean! I do believe we live in interesting times! ❤

  44. February 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Well she can stay in her “nice warm purple space” and let someone who’s more suitable run on the Dem (blue) ticket…we’re not interested in Republican lite Democrats…that’s not what this country needs.

    • 112 donna dem 4 obama
      February 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      She’s delusional.

    • 113 MightyPamela
      February 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      #tiredofhillary. Yawn.

    • 114 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Hopefruit, i was just about to post something related to your comments.
      NY Times covered Lady Walmart’s speech and her focus on her gender(!) and I then read the comments section.

      Unbelievable. In ex Sen. Clinton’s home state, in her economic group yet, the comments were overwhelmingly negative. If your own state is mentioning running on gender because what else does she have to say, and similar dismissive references to her Wal-mart board membership., then HRC is right to keep delaying her announcement. Delay it until 2017 maybe.

    • 115 nospin
      February 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      There was one comment posted.

      Angel Gomez · Top Commenter · Fresno, California
      Who in the world would vote for a lying sack of wrinkles?
      Reply ·
      · 29 minutes ago

    • 116 carolyn
      February 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      After reading about Minnesota, I’m thinking Mark Dayton should throw his hat into the ring………

    • February 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      I don’t think that’s going to work, Hillary.

      • 119 carolyn
        February 24, 2015 at 8:01 pm

        Sounds like she’s getting ready for the ole Clinton triangulation……which helped bring about the great recession. NO MORE please! And, if the only thing you have going for you is that you’re a woman, and it’s time for a woman, you ain’t got nothin’!!!

  45. 120 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    At some point once you have been suspended or fired from everywhere you’ve worked you have to stop and look at yourself. My guess is that Keith is too much of a narcissist to do that. 😯

  46. February 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I am amazed and in awe by these children. Wish I could open every opportunity for them to make the best and most of their lives.

  47. February 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm


  48. February 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    My prayers are with him/her. Mogadishu is such a trouble place.

  49. February 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    On the records…

  50. 130 mtmarilyn
    February 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I was just polled by Gravis Marketing. Very interesting. It asked if I approved of the way PBO was handling things, then it asked about our Governor and if the election was held today who would we vote for for Dems it asked Hilliary, Biden, then several others. I said Biden, then they asked if the Presidential elections were held today would I vote for Jeb Bush or Hilliary, I had to say Hilliary, then they asked would I vote for Scott Walker or Hilliary, next question Christie or Hilliary, next question, ron paul or Hilliary, next question Huckabee or Hilliary. I had to answer all Hilliary. You could tell it was a republican leaning call because all repubs were the first one and Dems second. I just find it interesting they put all the repub candidates against only Hilliary. Then they asked my demographics, race, age, schooling, etc. Very interesting. It is such a controlled range. Wish I could have added that I would only vote for Hilliary if there was no other Democrat.

    Has anyone else had this poll?

  51. February 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Impressed that our Ambassador Brett McGurk RT’d this ….

  52. February 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Always good to acknowledge and thank the real ones!!

  53. February 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

  54. February 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Need a good laugh?

  55. February 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    “The revelation that in 2012 Israel’s intelligence agency took a different view from its prime minister about Iran’s intentions is little surprise. It merely confirms that Binyamin Netanyahu is an unreliable witness in the global debate over what to do about Iran’s nuclear programme.

    For years he has exaggerated its nature and extent, cried wolf about the imminence of a nuclear weapon, promoted hyperbole about Iran dominating the Middle East, overplayed what sanctions or war could achieve for Israel, and decried the international rules in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    Israel’s history is unique. Because of this, it has a missile-borne nuclear force, which gives as much deterrent power in the Middle East as such weapons give us in Europe. Iran sees itself as doing God’s work on Earth: that cannot be done if the Islamic Republic is obliterated in a nuclear exchange.

    We would all like absolute certainty that Iran will never seek to use its nuclear capabilities to acquire weapons. But the six governments negotiating with Iran know that neither bombing nor perpetual economic sanctions would eliminate that risk. Bombing could provoke Iran to develop a nuclear force, which it has not done so far; and new sanctions would not bring Iran to its knees. In the form proposed by some in the US Congress, however, more sanctions would induce Iran to close down both the current agreed limits on its activities and the transparency that enables the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor it.”

  56. February 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Our dear President just keeps on making stuff happen ….

    … 1st US Amb to Somali since 1991!!

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