Washington (CNN)As President Barack Obama prepared to convene his first meeting of 2015 with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, his aides issued a bevy of veto threats on Republican-sponsored legislation.
White House threatens vetoes on eve of meeting with lawmakers
The White House said on Monday that Obama would reject GOP measures that loosen banking regulations, reverse his executive action on immigration and add hurdles to the federal regulatory process. With Republicans now in control of both chambers of Congress, Obama has foreshadowed heavier use of his veto pen while still claiming openness to working with members of the GOP.
Obama's administration has threatened vetoes on two additional measures making their way through Capitol Hill: a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and legislation stripping Obamacare of the rule forcing employers to provide health coverage for employees working more than 30 hours per week.
On Monday, the White House said it would reject a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security that blocks Obama's action allowing deferred deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, earlier said the measure would "send the country back in the direction of doing nothing" on immigration.
It's unclear, though, whether that measure would ever make it to Obama's desk, since its passage in the Senate is unclear. Some Democrats would need to sign on in order for the bill to reach a 60-vote threshold necessary for approval.
The immigration debate is one of the many sticking points between Obama and congressional Republicans, some of whom claim the unilateral action was both unconstitutional and a form of amnesty for undocumented immigrations.
Signed after November's midterm elections, the executive action was termed a "well poisoner" for any legislative fix to the immigration system.
That's left other areas of potential agreement for Obama and newly powerful Republicans. Both sides say tax reform and trade are two items where the potential for compromise is ripe.
Those issues are likely to form part of the agenda for Tuesday's meeting between Obama and congressional leaders. It's the first time he'll meet with Sen. Mitch McConnell in his new post as Senate majority leader -- and with Sen. Harry Reid as the now-minority leader.
Obama did meet with congressional leaders following the elections in November, which saw widespread losses for Democrats.
Earnest said Monday that Obama would be "in regular touch" with congressional leaders now that his party is in the minority. And he added the wide gaps between the parties wouldn't forestall cooperation.
"We can't allow a disagreement over a handful of issues to become a deal-breaker over all the others," Earnest said. "There's a lot of important work that needs to get done."