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January 6, 1987
Congratulations to Mayor Goode for announcing his intention to veto the pension bill approved by City Council on Dec. 18. Here's hoping Council will produce a responsible document in which fair treatment for all rises above self-interest. Mary Jane Baker Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 2, 1996 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
City Councilman David Cohen today was to introduce a proposal calling on Philadelphia's two SEPTA board members to veto the agency's fiscal 1997 operating budget. "As a result of major reductions in state and federal subsidies, SEPTA management has proposed to the SEPTA board a budget which would cause cutbacks so sharp as to amount to a dismantling of the mass transit system," he warned. The SEPTA budget threatens to "engender administrative chaos from layoffs, and force a completely counter-productive fare increase," he said.
NEWS
August 7, 1988
Funny thing about the $300 billion defense bill that President Reagan vetoed Wednesday - you know, the bill that snapped his patience with liberals trying "to erode our military strength. " Among those urging him to sign the bill was one Colin Powell, who serves as Mr. Reagan's national security adviser. Other closet peaceniks opposing a veto were Frank C. Carlucci, who runs the Pentagon, and Republican Sens. Strom Thurmond and John Warner. Clearly, Mr. Reagan's veto was motivated not so much by the bill's contents - its do's and don'ts on "Star Wars" and the like - as by campaign politics.
NEWS
October 17, 1991
A couple of weeks ago, City Council snubbed the reasonable demands of Philadelphia's under-represented Latino community for a Council redistricting plan that would give it more voice. What Council did instead was protect its incumbents - essentially rubberstamping the status quo. It was a petty, self- indulgent performance. Mayor Goode can do the city a favor by calling Council's bluff. He should veto the plan and press Council to draw a new political map that accommodates the vast growth of Philadelphia's Latino population.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | By William Lewis, Special to The Inquirer
The Gibbsboro Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to override Mayor John White's veto and pass an ordinance that would establish conservation districts in the borough. The ordinance places tight restrictions on the use of any property near a waterway in the community and prohibits cutting down trees or riding trail bikes in those areas. White vetoed the ordinance when it was originally passed on April 15 and did not attend Tuesday's council meeting. White said the ordinance designates any property adjacent to a waterway as a conservation area.
NEWS
January 20, 1999 | By Edward G. Rendell
On behalf of the citizens of Philadelphia, I thank the six members of City Council who displayed extraordinary courage in sustaining my veto of the ill-conceived and potentially disastrous Bill No. 980708, better known as the pension COLA bill. All of us agree on a need to increase the benefits of the city's 30,000 retirees, especially those older pensioners and their beneficiaries and survivors whose benefits have been eroded by inflation. But we as elected officials also have an obligation to the citizens to ensure that any plan to increase benefits must be fiscally responsible, addressing the need for affordable increases while protecting the city's General Fund and preserving the integrity of the pension fund.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Thursday vetoed City Council legislation that would preserve the DROP pension program. Nutter conceded that Council could have the last word. Council passed the bill last week by a 14-3 vote, enough to comfortably override a veto. He exercised his veto even though the legislation would reduce DROP's cost. The program has cost the city pension fund at least $100 million since its 1999 creation. Council claims its new version would cost the equivalent of a one-time payment of $15 million to $20 million.
NEWS
October 24, 1990 | By Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
A coalition of six local civil rights organizations yesterday blasted President Bush for his "misleading and unfortunate" veto Monday of the 1990 Civil Rights Act. "It is a tremendous blow to the progress that we have made in this country," said the Rev. William B. Moore, of the Tenth Memorial Baptist Church and immediate past president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity, which represents approximately 400 black congregations....
NEWS
October 26, 1989 | By Charles Green, Inquirer Washington Bureau
After an emotional and politically charged debate, the House yesterday failed to override President Bush's veto on using federal funds for abortions for poor women victimized by rape or incest. But the President's victory could be a costly one: Some Republicans predicted that Bush's position could damage both his party and his own political future. "I fear, as a Republican, that President Bush may have stumbled on the one issue that could cost him re-election in 1992," said Rep. Bill Green (R., N.Y.)
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January 25, 2016 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. (The House was in recess.): Senate Screening refugees. Voting 55-43 against, the Senate on Wednesday failed to reach 60 votes for advancing a bill (HR 4038) to impose additional security screening on refugee applicants from Iraq and Syria. The bill would require the homeland security secretary, FBI director, and director of national intelligence to clear each applicant from the two countries before they entry to the U.S. could be permitted.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed pieces of what he called the "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, slamming lawmakers as shortchanging schools and pressing for new talks on a final spending plan. Acknowledging the impact of the nearly six-month stalemate, the governor agreed to release six months' worth of emergency funds for schools and more than $9 billion for human services. "I don't want to hold the children of Pennsylvania hostage for the inability of folks here in Harrisburg to get the job done," he said.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats failed Thursday to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago. After about 90 minutes of debate, the Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto. Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 or so vetoes Democrats have tried to override.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In apparent desperation after winding up at the kids' table in the last Republican presidential debate, Gov. Christie doubled down on his campaign to shamelessly pander to the radical right by adding to New Jersey voters' frustration. In a rare visit to Trenton, Christie vetoed a bill that would expand early voting and allow online and automatic registration, saying it would upend the current early-voting system and cost the state $25 million. Maybe his presidential campaign's troubles inspired Christie to kick up his misleading rhetoric.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that would have brought sweeping changes to the state's voting laws, panning the bill as "thinly veiled political gamesmanship. " Christie, a Republican running for president, previously criticized the legislation as an effort by the Democratic National Committee to increase voter fraud. "Ultimately, New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned tax dollars spent on thinly veiled political gamesmanship, and the state must ensure that every eligible citizen's vote counts and is not stolen by fraud," Christie wrote in his veto message.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed the interim spending plan sent to him by Republicans who control the legislature, all but ensuring the state will enter a fourth month without a budget. The veto was expected, but it means the two sides have no backup plan during the impasse to fund schools, counties, and social-services providers that rely on state aid. It came less than a day after a negotiating session that Republican leaders said had ended with signs of progress. Instead, both sides were back to public bickering Tuesday, with no talks scheduled.
NEWS
September 26, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday agreed to send Gov. Wolf a temporary budget to offset the impact of their nearly three-month-long impasse on a spending plan. Voting 117-83, the House gave final approval along partisan lines to the stopgap budget, which would let money begin flowing again to schools, counties, and providers of social services that get state aid. The Senate passed the measure last week. It now heads to Wolf, where it is likely to die. The Democratic governor has pledged to veto it, calling it a "very cynical, hypocritical" attempt to solve the problems the sides are having in reaching a deal.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - An angry Gov. Wolf said Wednesday he would veto the temporary budget Republicans are proposing, calling it "a very cynical, hypocritical attempt" to solve the problems the two sides are having in reaching a deal. Wolf, who met with leaders of the GOP-controlled legislature earlier in the day, said he offered Republicans two proposals for issues important to them - reforming the public liquor and pension systems - and "got nothing" in return. The Democratic governor also said it was "ridiculous" for Republicans to say they want a stopgap, or interim, budget because they are worried about state funding drying up for social service nonprofit organizations.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie took action Monday on 40 bills and resolutions, ranging from a law he says will help drug addicts to measures addressing dogfighting, gun rights, and the underfunded pension system for public workers. Among the 27 bills and resolutions Christie signed into law is a measure that allows the state to issue apprentice hunting licenses to applicants 11 to 15 years old who have not completed safety training, provided that they are accompanied by someone who is 21 or older and has a hunting license.
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