|White House threatens veto of defense bill|
|Written by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press|
|Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:47|
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening that President Barack Obama would veto the defense bill unless Congress makes changes.
The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Thursday as the Senate debated the $631 billion bill.
Specifically, the White House complained about provisions restricting the administration's ability to transfer detainees from the U.S. Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries. The White House also complained about the prohibition on funds to build a detention facility in the United States.
The Senate, which hopes to finish the bill this week, already eliminated one provision that had attracted White House objections. In a strong bipartisan vote Wednesday, the Senate voted to allow Pentagon investment in alternative fuels.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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