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Mon May 16, 2016, 09:42 PM

House 2017 defense bill would face Obama veto: White House

Source: Reuters

Politics | Mon May 16, 2016 8:05pm EDT

House 2017 defense bill would face Obama veto: White House

WASHINGTON | BY PATRICIA ZENGERLE

President Barack Obama's White House set up one last fight with the Republican-controlled Congress over defense spending on Monday, threatening to veto a 2017 defense authorization bill over its use of special war funds for day-to-day military programs.

The House of Representatives draft of the $602 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which sets spending policy for the Department of Defense, would shift $18 billion of wartime Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, funds to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs.

The Obama administration objects to the use of that money, saying it threatens U.S. security and unfairly spares the Pentagon from cuts faced by important civilian programs such as medical research and education.

"By gambling with warfighting funds, the bill risks the safety of our men and women fighting to keep America safe, undercuts stable planning and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, dispirits troops and their families, baffles our allies, and emboldens our enemies," the White House said in a statement.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-obama-idUSKCN0Y72BM

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