White House Threatens to Veto House Transport Bill

President Obama signed the four-year Federal Aviation Administration bill on Tuesday, but he likely won’t do the same for the House’s five-year, $260-billion surface transportation proposal, citing unhappiness with many of its transportation provisions and with GOP-backed energy language that includes an attempt to hasten approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

"Because this bill jeopardizes safety, weakens environmental and labor protections, and fails to make the investments needed to strengthen the nation’s roads, bridges, rail and transit systems, the president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto this legislation," read the White House’s statement of administration policy.

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