Despite terse warnings from Congressional Republicans and the possibility of breaking 53 consecutive years of earning presidential signatures, Mr. Obama is preparing to veto the annual defense policy bill.
The National Defense Authorization bill does not consent to spending.
In announcing his dismay to the impending veto, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned the President and communicated his confidence the Senate has the votes to override any presidential veto.
At stake is spending caps for fiscal year 2016. The GOP endeavors to set aside an additional $38 billion on overseas contingency operations; in contrast, Mr. Obama, declared the GOP proposal as a “funding gimmick.”
Similarly, the President is also concerned that another provision, prohibiting the closure Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, would dim the prospects of transferring detainees to host countries.
The point of contention between the GOP and the White House revolves around $38 billion in the authorization bill Republicans want to place in a special war fund account, which would entail breaking spending limits placed in 2011.
Mr. Obama wants the spending caps broken for both domestic and military programs to fund his domestic spending, but refuses to cede ground for the military budget alone.
Mr. Obama plans on vetoing the bill in front of the media on Thursday afternoon.
While the whining from the GOP which asserts Mr. Obama is unconcerned with the fighting men and women is preposterous, boilerplate sentences, harsh press releases and finger pointing is the routine and has supplanted healthy, spirited and nuanced debate on legislation in Washington D.C. over the tenure of Obama’s presidency.
The reality is that Congress and the White House have long lost sight over more-pressing issues such as wage stagnation, stalled mobility, millions clamoring for full-time jobs, and millions of others struggling to just get by amounts to self-incrimination of our “elite” political class.
Bellyaching over a paltry $38 billion is a symptom of the epidemic in Washington.
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