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Biden issues trio of veto threats over GOP spending bills- Washington Examiner

President Joe Biden has threatened to veto three GOP-led appropriations⁣ bills scheduled ⁣for voting in the House this week. ‍These bills, promoted ‍by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Cole, ⁢aim to fund the State Department, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.​ Biden’s‍ veto threats stem‍ from his concerns that⁢ these bills involve deep cuts to crucial ⁢services⁤ including law enforcement, education, housing, healthcare, and consumer​ protection. This action follows Biden’s‍ previous vetoes, which already surpass the number executed⁢ by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden has issued three new veto threats, all of them over GOP-led appropriations bills that will receive a vote in the House this week.

Biden, who has already vetoed more bills than former President Donald Trump did during his time in the White House, is threatening to veto three spending measures pushed by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK).

The veto threats were made over bills that would fund the State Department, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.

“House Republicans are again wasting time with partisan bills that would result in deep cuts to law enforcement, education, housing, healthcare, consumer safety, energy programs that lower utility bills and combat climate change, and essential nutrition services,” Biden’s statement reads.

The bills would fund each department for the coming fiscal 2025, which runs through Sept. 30.

In his threats, Biden also said the bills would harm access to abortion, threaten the LGBT community, and hurt efforts to combat climate change while preventing the Biden administration from promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

“The administration stands ready to engage with both chambers of the Congress in a bipartisan appropriations process to enact responsible appropriations bills that fully fund Federal agencies in a timely manner,” Biden’s statement reads.

The veto threats are the latest in a budget standoff with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers got through the 2024 spending process, but not without several extensions and a mutiny from House conservatives who are upset that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) cut a deal with the Democrats.

The coming budget fight promises to be contentious but may not be resolved until after the November election. Notwithstanding negotiations with the Democratic-led Senate, House Republicans plan to move all of their 12 spending bills before the August recess.


Biden has vetoed 11 bills to date, one more than Trump’s 10. He has issued more than two dozen veto threats since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January 2023 on matters ranging from student loans to labor relations.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to the House Appropriations Committee for comment.

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