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Title: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: mystery-ak on May 19, 2014, 07:40:34 PM
http://thehill.com/policy/defense/206571-white-house-threatens-to-veto-defense-bill (http://thehill.com/policy/defense/206571-white-house-threatens-to-veto-defense-bill)

White House threatens to veto defense bill

By Kristina Wong - 05/19/14 06:12 PM EDT

The Obama administration is threatening to veto the House's defense policy bill.

In a statement released Monday, the Office of Management and Budget criticized House Republicans for rejecting several measures the Pentagon took to reduce defense spending.

It also faulted restrictions in the bill meant to prevent the movement of any prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to the United States.

If the bill is approved by the House and Senate in this form, the statement said Obama’s advisers would recommend a veto.

“While there are a number of areas of agreement with the Committee, the Administration has serious concerns with provisions that would constrain the ability of the Department of Defense (DOD) to align military capabilities and force structure with the President’s defense strategy and to reduce unneeded costs,” the statement said.

“As we face this time of uncertainty in both the fiscal and security environments, we must ensure that scarce resources are directed to the highest priorities that our military requires to keep the Nation safe and prepare for future threats,” it said.

The administration’s statement outlines a number of objections to the House bill, which mostly ignored Pentagon proposals to reduce defense funding.

They include proposals to consider a new round of base closures, to reduce pay hikes for members of the military and to retire the A-10 air support fleet.

The bill was passed by the House Armed Services Committee earlier this month. It is headed to the House floor this week, where it will be voted on by all present members of the Republican-controlled House.

 
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: sinkspur on May 19, 2014, 08:04:53 PM
Go ahead, Obammy.  Veto it.

Tie his desire for cuts to military pay to the VA scandal, and the GOP has another gold-plated issue to beat the hell out of the Democrats with in November.
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: Oceander on May 19, 2014, 08:33:39 PM
Go ahead, Obammy.  Veto it.

Tie his desire for cuts to military pay to the VA scandal, and the GOP has another gold-plated issue to beat the hell out of the Democrats with in November.

if only the republicans would just start going after Obastard and the dems rather than each other
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: MACVSOG68 on May 19, 2014, 08:55:52 PM
if only the republicans would just start going after Obastard and the dems rather than each other
:amen:
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: sinkspur on May 19, 2014, 09:39:28 PM
if only the republicans would just start going after Obastard and the dems rather than each other

Very little chance of that. 

The Senate Conservatives Fund crowd are already crowing that they'll stay home or vote for Alison Grimes in Kentucky.  These ideological zealots are a scourge in politics.

They will NEVER be satisfied because there is no candidate who will live up to their expectations.
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: MACVSOG68 on May 19, 2014, 10:14:07 PM
Very little chance of that. 

The Senate Conservatives Fund crowd are already crowing that they'll stay home or vote for Alison Grimes in Kentucky.  These ideological zealots are a scourge in politics.

They will NEVER be satisfied because there is no candidate who will live up to their expectations.

Yep.
Title: Re: White House threatens to veto defense bill
Post by: Oceander on May 19, 2014, 10:31:04 PM
Very little chance of that. 

The Senate Conservatives Fund crowd are already crowing that they'll stay home or vote for Alison Grimes in Kentucky.  These ideological zealots are a scourge in politics.

They will NEVER be satisfied because there is no candidate who will live up to their expectations.

yeah, I know; but like Charlie Brown, I just can't help hoping that the next time, just once, Lucy's not going to yank the ball away at the last second.