The White House on Monday waved the veto pen at a House GOP bill that would require vastly wider offshore oil-and-gas leasing.
“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 6082, which would undermine the targeted, science-based, and regionally-tailored offshore development strategy that the American people and the States have helped develop over the last three years,” the White House said in a “formal statement of administration policy,” referring to the House plan by its bill number.
The drilling bill is likely to clear the House this week but faces almost no chance in the Senate. Nonetheless, the White House warned that if it somehow reached President Obama’s desk, his senior advisers would recommend a veto.