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White House Threatens Veto of Defense Bill

White House Threatens Veto of Defense Bill

Updated: Thursday, 23 Jun 2011, 4:33 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 23 Jun 2011, 4:33 PM CDT

(Wall Street Journal) - The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) took a sharp pencil Thursday to the version of the fiscal 2012 defense spending bill passed last week by the House Appropriations Committee.

In a statement of administration policy, OMB said the White House "strongly opposes" several provisions included in the bill, H.R. 2219.

"If a bill is presented to the president that undermines his ability as commander in chief or includes ideological or political policy riders, the president's senior advisers would recommend a veto," the statement said.

The White House singled out some items in particular, including additional funds to buy a C-17 cargo plane not requested by the US Air Force. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said the US Air Force has enough of the planes, but some members of Congress would like to help keep a Long Beach, Calif., production line open.

Base closings were also a point of contention. And OMB said there was language in the House bill that "would impede the secretary's ability to make and implement force management decisions that would ensure resources are directed to the highest priorities."

Finally, the statement of administration policy included a lengthy treatment of detention policy for terror suspects. Section 8123 of the bill, the statement said, "is a dangerous and extraordinary challenge to critical executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute detainees, based on the facts and the circumstances of each case and national security interests."

The House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the defense spending bill last week, providing $530 billion for the Department of Defense's base operating budget, around $9 billion below the president's request.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

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