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|User Info||The Left's Aversion To Truth; entered at 2012-05-07 14:31:03|
Registered: 2010-12-18 Wisconsin
Obama has this power that Congress doesn't have. It's called a "veto" and allows him to reject any bill that Congress has approved, with the provision that Congress can override and pass the bill anyway if it gets a 2/3rds majority in both the House and Senate.|
Per Wiki, Obama has exercised this "veto" power exactly twice - once to strike down H.J.RES.64 [for continuing appropriations for the Department of Defense for FY2010] and once to strike down H.R.3808 [the "Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010"]. The former was deemed "unnecessary" by Obama since he signed a bill to fund DoD and thus the continuing resolution was unnecessary; the latter Karl advocated vetoing in a ticker linked below.
Neither veto was used to actually strike down any spending proposed by Congress ... and Congress couldn't have otherwise spent money without the approval of the President. Thus, giving any President a free pass by claiming that he can't propose bills [and thus any "outrageous" spending is all the fault of Congress] is asinine, especially when said President is signing all those spending bills that he has every opportunity to use his Constitutionally-granted right to veto.