Veto awaits National Defense Authorization Act

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated Wednesday President Obama will veto the recently-passed National Defense Authorization bill.

Although the bill includes a proposed 1.3 percent raise for members of the military, unpopular with the White House is a $90 billion war fund attached to the bill to avoid potential sequestration cuts.

At a White House news briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said:  “If the president got this bill, he’d veto it.

“That’s an irresponsible way to fund our national defense priorities,” said Earnest. 

Responding to the White House veto threat, Armed Services Committee chairman, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), described the warning as “shameful.”

“The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is a policy bill.  It does not spend a dollar, and it certainly cannot raise the budget caps or deliver an agreement to fund the government. It is absurd to veto the NDAA for something that the NDAA cannot do.”

The bill, which amounts to approximately $612 billion in defense expenditures for fiscal year (FY) 2016, is up slightly from FY 2015 which saw $600 billion in outlays.

No National Defense Authorization bill has ever been vetoed.

 

[Reuters] [Photo courtesy Britannica.com]