One of the special ‘abilities’ you have as a president is the veto power and President Barack Obama surely likes to use it. For the fifth time in his warrant at the White House, he used it in order to reject a defense authorization bill, according to the Washington Post.
Apparently, the approval of this new defense authorization bill would restrict transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay and sidestep budget limitations for the military. The White House claims that the National Defense Authorization Act would access an overseas contingency operations account, designed for emergencies and use it in order to avoid specific budget restrictions.
The latter would lead to offsetting across-to-board cuts, if the amount of spent money surpassed a certain point.
People working in defense deserve correct funding
“The president believes that the men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve adequate and responsible funding, not through a gimmick or not through a slush fund but one that would — could withstand scrutiny,” declared White House spokesman Eric Schultz, after Obama rejected the defense authorization bill.
According to the above mentioned source, the president is looking forward to raising the spending limits for both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. On the other side, Republicans are fans of keeping the limits for non-defense, while the defense shouldn’t have them.
Defense and non-defense go hand in hand
“The President has been very clear about the core principle that he will not support a budget that locks in sequestration, and he will not fix defense without fixing non-defense spending,” said the Office of Management and Budget said when the defense authorization bill was initially proposed.
Finally, analysts consider that during this times, when the threats come from multiple sides, the Congress and the people should decide if it’s appropriate to use this bill for domestic budgetary leverage.