Obama playing politics with US defense: Armed Services chief

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry says President Barack Obama is playing politics by threatening to veto a military spending bill.

Obama has threatened to use executive power on the $612 billion 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed overwhelmingly in the House last week and has majority support in the Senate.

In a 269-151 vote on May 15, Republicans overwhelmingly passed the bill that Democrats believe would break budget limits on military spending.

The bill authorizes $523 billion in base Defense Department spending and $90 billion is included in the war fund, formally known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund.

“The House bill authorized exactly the amount the president requested to keep America safe,” Thornberry (R-Texas) said on Saturday, according to The Hill. “But he wants more money for domestic programs and he has threatened to veto the defense bill unless he gets it.”

“Look, we’re always going to have our differences, but it’s wrong for anyone to play politics with defense,” he said.

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