House OKs bills promised a veto

January 15, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON -- The House ignored veto threats by President Barack Obama on two fronts Wednesday, voting to undo major provisions of the administration's immigration policy and to roll back banking constraints enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.

Both measures face an uncertain path in the Senate, even with Republicans in control of the chamber, because the GOP is six votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed to advance most legislation in the chamber.

The president's opposition to the bills has cast doubt on hopes for a new era of bipartisan compromise and productivity in Washington. The moves have irked GOP leaders, who believe they have a midterm-election mandate to negotiate with Democrats and pass legislation after years of inaction.

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