Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he believes there are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to override a veto of a $612 billion defense bill, as the two U.S. political parties intensified their war of words over the legislation.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters)
The White House has said President Barack Obama plans to veto the sweeping National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes spending for the Pentagon. Obama and his fellow Democrats object to the measure because it uses some $90 billion meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs.
Obama and many other Democrats are pushing for a budget deal that would also address domestic spending cuts.
Republicans bashed Obama for his promised veto, saying it foolishly risked national security as the country balanced rising threats from Islamic State militants and others.
“The president wants to take a stand for greater domestic spending by playing politics with our national security,” Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at the ceremony where congressional leaders signed the bill to send it to Obama.
“Vetoing this bill will not end the spending debate,” McCain said.
The NDAA was passed by the Senate on Oct. 7 and the House on Oct. 1. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.
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