The LA Times reports that the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would reverse the decision of the US Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear, which strictly construed Title VII’s 180 day requirement for filing of pay discrimination claims. We previously posted on this decision here, wondering whether Congress would make good on its threat to overturn the decision through legislation. The House bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, would return the law to where it stood before the Supreme Court ruled.
Curiously, according to the report the veto-averse White House has threatened to veto this bill if it is passed by the Senate. The government has no direct stake in the litigation, and the bill would merely restore the status quo. What is it about this situation that would cause the White House to threaten the ultimate sanction of a veto?