Boehner: Keystone Veto Would Be Like 'Calling the American People Stupid'

Susan Jones | November 18, 2014 | 10:32am EST
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.  (AP File Photo/Cliff Owen)

( - "Tonight the Senate has an important opportunity to send a bill to build the Keystone Pipeline to the president's desk," House Speaker John Boehner told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Now let's be clear about this. A Keystone Pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people. Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities."

"It would be the equivalent of calling the American people 'stupid,'" Boehner said.

That last remark was a reference to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who said a lack of transparency and the American people's "stupidity" was the key to getting the health care law passed.

Boehner said the Republican-led House, its ranks boosted by the results of the midterm election, will "continue to make the American people's priorities our priorities -- and that means a focus on jobs."

Boehner refused to answer questions about government funding, saying "there are a lot of options that we're considering. We're talking to our members. When we have something to announce, we'll let you know."

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