President Obama is today expected to veto a defense bill he doesn’t like:
President Obama will issue a rare veto of a defense policy bill Thursday in a showdown with Congress over broader spending levels, the White House said.
The veto of the National Defense Authorization Act is an extraordinary use of one of the president’s most powerful executive tools. While the White House had problems with some of the bill’s provisions, Obama’s main objection is that the bill uses a budget gimmick to increase defense spending without increasing domestic spending first. The president wants Congress to lift the automatic budget caps known as sequestration included in a 2011 budget agreement.
Obama will not only veto the bill, but reportedly he’ll do it very publicly:
Hold on just a second:
Obama has proven he’s willing to bend his own rule from time to time.