Obama Will Veto NDAA Today

Obama Will Veto NDAA Today

President Obama will veto the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this afternoon according to the President’s schedule.

The bill cleared Congress on October 7 under a veto threat because of a budgetary maneuver — which critics call a “gimmick” — to add money to the defense budget without exceeding agreed-upon caps by putting it in an off-budget account, Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).   The President and congressional Democrats want to renegotiate the budget caps for all spending, defense and non-defense, rather than favoring only DOD.

According to the President’s schedule, he will veto the bill, H.R. 1735, late this afternoon in the Oval Office following a meeting with Bill Kellor, editor-in-chief of the Marshall Project, on criminal justice reform.

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