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Obama Vetoes Defense Bill

Stars and Stripes reports that “President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed the annual defense policy bill that includes troop pay and benefits — as well as historic personnel reforms — making good on a promise to oppose Republicans on spending.”  

“The White House said the GOP used an irresponsible gimmick when it tapped an overseas war fund to sidestep a cap on defense spending. The National Defense Authorization Act will now go back to Congress, where Republicans will likely attempt to rally enough votes to override Obama’s veto.”  

“The move throws the Defense Department budget into uncertainty, and Congress will need to find a solution to the impasse by the time a temporary budget expires Dec. 11 or active-duty pay will be frozen and about 350,000 civilian DOD workers will face furloughs.”

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