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United States: Joe Biden draws his veto for the first time and rejects a law carried by the Republicans

2023-03-20T18:08:53.357Z


Joe Biden made use of his presidential veto for the first time on Monday March 20, rejecting a law brought by the Republican opposition...


Joe Biden made use of his presidential veto for the first time on Monday March 20, rejecting a law carried by the Republican opposition limiting responsible investments in pension funds.

The US president said in a statement that the text, which rejects the consideration of environmental, social or governance criteria, dubbed "

ESG

", in financial decisions, threatens "

saving for retirement by making it illegal to take taking risk factors into account

.

Whoever manages your pension should be able to protect your savings.

Joe Biden, President of the United States

With this law targeting a measure put in place by the US Department of Labor in January, which facilitates this type of investment in pension funds, the Republicans denounced an ideological posture.

"

Whoever manages your pension should be able to protect your hard-earned savings, whether Marjorie Taylor Greene likes it or not,

" Joe Biden said, referring to an elected official from the hardest wing of the American right.

US President Joe Biden during lunch at the Capitol in Washington, United States, March 17, 2023. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / REUTERS

The Republicans managed to pass this law thanks to their very slim majority in the House of Representatives.

The text had also been adopted in the Senate, yet controlled by the Democrats, thanks to the rallying of two senators from the presidential party and the absence of three others during the vote.

Republican Andy Barr, author of the law, had estimated that the measure targeted "

politicized the pension funds of Americans and put their pensions in danger

".

The White House immediately indicated that Joe Biden would veto it.

This text rejected on Monday had also been widely criticized by environmental organizations.

"

Preventing people from taking into account the financial risks associated with climate change, the effects of which they are already feeling, will only serve to undermine their savings

", denounced one of them, the Sierra Club.

Source: lefigaro

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