The White House today threatened to veto the deficit reduction bill crafted by House Speaker Boehner. But let’s be clear, there’s wiggle room – it’s a threat, not a promise.
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 627 (the Boehner bill). If S. 627 is presented to the President, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.
In the world of veto threats, “the president’s senior advisers would recommend” is a strong threat that is almost always carried out, but it’s not a definitive statement that there will be a veto.
I believe if the Boehner plan is the only game in town, Obama will claim “adult” status and sign it.
Underlining was done by the White House.