'Veto Joe' may set record among all prior presidents

By Jen Krausz on
 January 11, 2024

President Joe Biden may have an apt new nickname: Veto Joe.

Biden currently has nine vetoes of legislation on record, just one shy of former President Donald Trump, who had 10 vetoes.

A veto happens when both houses of Congress pass legislation, but the president doesn't support it and says no to signing it into law.

Biden's Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama, only had 12 vetoes across two terms.

It's pretty unusual for a bill to get through a divided Congress only to be rejected by the president. That number of vetoes shows that Biden is rather extreme in his views compared to other presidents.

With both chambers of Congress having only razor-thin majorities, it would be highly unlikely that the legislature would routinely have the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.