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Obama's Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal (Transcript)

Obama said he would veto any attempt to undo the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama May Face First Veto Override: Medical Device Tax

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama has his work cut out for him if he's going to avoid House Republicans nixing part of the Affordable Care Act with a veto override.  

The 2.3 percent tax on medical devices enacted as part of that law passed Thursday in the House 280-140, giving Republicans hope they'll have the votes for an override, which requires a two-thirds majority. That came with a dozen Republicans absent for the vote. Every Republican present and 46 Democrats voted to nuke the tax. A nonbinding vote to repeal the medical device tax passed the Senate with a veto-proof majority backed by 34 members of the Democratic caucus as part of the 2013 budget resolution vote-a-rama in the Senate, but never got anywhere with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., putting the clamps down on the chamber.  

White House Upgrades Defense Veto Threat (Video)

Obama won't sign the Defense spending bill until Republicans agree to spend more money on his priorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No more weasel words. President Barack Obama will veto the Defense Appropriations bill unless there's a deal to raise domestic spending, Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.  

That upgrades the veto threat slightly from the usually articulated one that his senior "advisers would recommend" a veto. White House Affirms Defense Spending Veto Threat

A Shift in White House Budget Strategy?

Eric Chalmers of the Senate Budget Committee unpacks copies of Obama's budget for fiscal year 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For years, President Barack Obama has made a demand Republican leaders would not accept: He would only replace automatic spending cuts with a package that included a tax increase.  

Obama himself made very real threats on the subject that amounted to no revenue, no deal.  

Obama Budget Seeks End to 'Mindless Austerity' (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:55 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s opening salvo in this year’s budget wars with the new Republican Congress aims to shift the conversation away from four years of austerity. He received a predictably frosty reception.  

Obama’s $4.066 trillion budget would unshackle discretionary spending from the legislative tourniquet known as the sequester. That allows about a 7 percent increase in defense and domestic discretionary programs — or $74 billion. "I want to work with Congress to replace mindless austerity with smart investments," Obama said Monday at the Department of Homeland Security as he announced his fiscal 2016 budget.  

Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.  

(Read the speech as prepared for delivery here . And watch the RollCall.com live stream .)  

Obama Ready to Cave on Guantánamo Again

Obama told a shopper Saturday he's working to close Guantanamo Bay, but he may sign a bill taking away his ability to do so. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama told someone at a bookstore over the weekend he was working on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but he appears to be getting ready for what has become a traditional year-end cave on the issue.  

It now seems all-but-certain the president will sign the National Defense Authorization Act, despite the expected inclusion of language effectively banning him from transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil — despite an earlier vow to veto such a bill.  

Obama Would Veto Corporate Tax Cut Bill (Updated)

Obama would veto a $450 billion tax cut bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:37 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto an emerging $450 billion tax cut deal coming together in the Senate because it doesn't do enough for the middle class, according to the White House.  

"The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families," said Jen Friedman, deputy White House press secretary.  

Obama Wants Middle Class Aid Before Corporate Tax Breaks (Updated)

Democrats repeatedly harped about programs to help the middle class in the run-up to the midterm elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:10 p.m. | Corporate tax lobbyists hoping for a holiday treat from Congress may get a lump of coal from President Barack Obama.  

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the president would "strongly oppose" a package of corporate tax cut extenders without doing something for the middle class.