White House Drops Veto Threat of Defense Authorization Bill

White House Drops Veto Threat of Defense Authorization Bill

The Obama White House announced today that it was satisfied with changes made to the defense authorization bill during conference and no longer would veto it should it pass Congress.

The veto threat was issued over language concerning how terrorist detainees would be handled.  The language that passed the Senate would have put them all under military control.  The revised language makes clear that it does not apply to U.S. citizens or infringe on the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The conference version of the bill (H.R. 1540) was printed in the Congressional Record on Monday, and the joint statement of the conferees (which explains why they did what they did) is available on the House Rules Committee’s website.

Multiple media sources reported late this afternoon that White House Press Secretary Carney had issued a statement lifting the veto threat, but it does not yet appear to be on the White House website.

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