Obama Will Veto ‘Troop Funding Bill’

by Andrew Stiles

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) says the short-term continuing resolution proposed by the House — that keeps the government open for one week but provides funding for the Defense Department through September 30 — is a “non-starter” in the Senate. Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) plan to mount a “strong” opposition in the House.

And President Obama pledges to veto the bill, calling it a “distraction.”

In a “Statement of Administration Policy,” the White House said that it will veto the one-week measure if it passes in Congress, saying that the stopgap measure is “a distraction” from a long-term solution to the budget impasse.

“This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy,” the statement reads.

The statement noted that the administration would accept a “clean” short-term measure (one that does not change the status quo of the past short-term funding bill) while negotiations continue, but, if presented with the GOP-led one-week measure, “the President will veto it.”

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