The White HouseÂ has threatened to veto the House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal 2017 defense policy billÂ for usingÂ overseasÂ contingency operationsÂ fund to supplement the Defense Department‘s base budget, The Hill newspaper reported Monday.
Kristina Wong writes anÂ HASC-approved 2017 National Defense Authorization ActÂ seeks toÂ use approximatelyÂ $18 billion from the OCO account to finance the department’s efforts to retain military personnelÂ and procure additionalÂ military vehicles.
“By gambling with warfighting funds, the bill risks the safety of our men and women fighting to keep America safe, undercuts stable planning and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, dispirits troops and their families, baffles our allies and emboldens our enemies,”Â the White House said in a statement of administration policy.
The Obama administration also opposes provisions in the committee’s NDAA thatÂ would keep a U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, andÂ cut funding for equipment and training support forÂ Iraqi and Syrian warfighters, Reuters’ Patricia Zangerle reported.
The report said House GOP leadershipÂ expects the bill to go to aÂ floor vote by Wednesday.