Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns
WASHINGTON - Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama is about to unleash itself on Washington.
Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk. That's because Senate Democrats blocked it.
But Republicans will control both chambers of Congress come January, and that mean Obama finding himself having to decide more often whether to sign or veto GOP-crafted bills.
Obama already has given lawmakers an early taste of veto politics. He recently forced congressional leaders to drop proposed tax breaks that are popular with many Republican constituents. Obama said the breaks were tilted too heavily toward corporations.
The White House also has promised to veto any bills that restrict the president's major changes to immigration policies. That's likely to trigger showdowns early next year.