- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The White House has issued two more veto threats against Republican-sponsored bills, picking up the pace of confrontation with GOP leaders.

The Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday that President Obama would likely veto House measures pertaining to oversight of capital markets and the tightening of banking regulations.

The announcements bring the total number of veto threats this year to seven, out of the eight bills to emerge from the House — a rate of 87.5 percent.

In 2015, the White House threatened vetoes against about 69 percent of all measures receiving floor votes in Congress.

The White House also set a mark this week by not threatening to veto a bill for the first time this year — a measure that would update income thresholds for public-housing tenants. OMB said the administration “looks forward to working with the Congress on continuing to approve the bill,” which passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 427-0.

Under the legislation authored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri Republican, public housing agencies would be required to conduct annual reviews of tenants’ incomes. Any tenants with income more than 120 percent of the local median income for two years in a row would be charged more rent or be required to move out.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday it is considering evicting thousands of public housing residents who earn too much money to qualify for assistance. A government watchdog found last year that more than 25,000 families nationwide were living in public housing despite having incomes too high to qualify.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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