President Obama just vetoed legislation dropped on his desk to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
“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,” Obama said in his statement to the Senate.
“The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people,” he continued. “And 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.”
The veto comes as no surprise, though this morning congressional Republicans were rallying pressure on the administration through social media.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the veto “a national embarrassment.”
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