NSN backs President’s NDAA veto threat

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NSN backs President’s NDAA veto threat

NSN backs President’s NDAA veto threat

October 19, 2015 | THE HILL

Dozens of progressive outside groups are pushing President Obama to veto an annual defense bill over extra war funds.

Thirty-seven groups sent a letter to Obama on Friday voicing their support for his threat to send the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) back to Congress because of the extra $38 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

“We believe that the separate funding stream in the form of the Overseas Contingency Operations Account is being used to shield the Pentagon from the pressure meant to be produced by the Budget Control Act caps, while none of that relief is being offered to the other spending bills which fund the vital needs of all Americans, including service members and their families,” the groups—which include Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation and Win Without War—wrote in the letter to the president…the dozens of outside groups suggested that including the extra war funds, which aren’t subjected to congressionally mandated budget caps, allows lawmakers to continue to avoid tackling sequestration and ignores “the vast majority of opportunities for savings proposed by the Pentagon.”

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President Obama addresses a Combined Forces Command Briefing. [US Department of State, accessed 10/19/15]

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding President Barack Obamas announcement that he is sending an additional 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Dec. 2, 2009. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)