President Obama Threatens Veto Of Defense Appropriations Bill
It violates spending caps in the Budget Control Act.
The House’s defense bill that passed the committee last month had a base budget of $519 billion, which was about $3 billion above the Obama administration’s budget request. The House made spending cuts elsewhere in the non-defense discretionary budget to allow for the increased defense spending, which Republicans say is necessary to lessen the risk from $487 billion in cuts over the next decade to the defense budget due to the BCA caps.
“By adding unrequested funding for defense, the House of Representatives departs from the bipartisan understanding reached a year ago,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote in a statement of administration policy.