(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Monday, the White House stated that they would be vetoing the House defense appropriations bills if it managed to reach the President’s desk. Congress is set to return to Capitol Hill after the summer recess this week and the compromise bill is one of the key bills they will examine.
However, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy about the Department of Defense Appropriations Act stating that they were opposed to the version of the bill currently being considered by the House. They further outlined that according to the debt ceiling agreement reached by Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the two sides had agreed for non-defense program spending to remain capped to 2023 levels. This cap would help protect several programs from the deep spending cuts that several House Republicans had pushed for.
The statement further pointed out that the agreement would introduce spending cuts that were lower than the ones agreed upon in May and that the GOP was “wasting time with partisan bills.” In July the House passed legislation that set the nation’s armed forces budget for the 2024 fiscal year to $886 billion. This number was also the one that Biden had requested. However, the bill still included many different amendments covering everything from transgender and abortion rights to inclusion and diversity initiatives. The White House had also opposed this bill at the time.
The Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, also passed an annual defense bill for $886 billion in the 2024 fiscal year.
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