Obama Sets A Trap For Boehner and McConnell By Threatening To Veto Defense Spending


President Obama is setting a trap for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell by threatening to veto defense spending for the entire year unless Republicans back off of their budget cuts.

The veto threat came in a statement of administration policy:

Enacting H.R. 2685 and adhering to the congressional Republican budget’s overall spending limits for FY 2016 would hurt our economy and shortchange investments in middle-class priorities. Sequestration was never intended to take effect: rather, it was supposed to threaten such drastic cuts to both defense and non-defense funding that policymakers would be motivated to come to the table and reduce the deficit through smart, balanced reforms. The Republican framework would bring base discretionary funding for both non-defense and defense for FY 2016 to the lowest real levels in a decade. Compared to the President’s Budget, the cuts would result in tens of thousands of the Nation’s most vulnerable children losing access to Head Start, more than two million fewer workers receiving job training and employment services, and thousands fewer scientific and medical research awards and grants, along with other impacts that would hurt the economy, the middle class, and Americans working hard to reach the middle class.

Sequestration funding levels would also put our national security at unnecessary risk, not only through pressures on defense spending, but also through pressures on State, USAID, Homeland Security, and other non-defense programs that help keep us safe. More broadly, the strength of our economy and the security of our Nation are linked. That is why the President has been clear that he is not willing to lock in sequestration going forward, nor will he accept fixes to defense without also fixing non-defense.

The President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2685 and any other legislation that implements the current Republican budget framework, which blocks the investments needed for our economy to compete in the future. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to reverse sequestration for defense and non-defense priorities and offset the cost with commonsense spending and tax expenditure cuts, as Members of Congress from both parties have urged.

The White House’s veto threat came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected demands from Democratic Senate leaders for a budget summit. Democrats have already warned Republicans that they will block the Senate from taking up the bill unless they agree to lift the sequester cuts. Republicans provoked this fight by using a gimmick to get around the defense sequester cuts. The Republican budget upped the funding the account used to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By going off the books, Republicans violated the sequester cuts by shifting spending to the war fund.

Republicans are cutting spending for programs that benefit children and seniors to pay their favorite form of pork and red state welfare.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats are setting Boehner and McConnell up. The Republican leaders will have to choose between not funding the military or keeping the sequester cuts. This could all be resolved if Republicans treated every appropriations bill the same way that they treated defense spending. Boehner and McConnell are trying to have their cake and eat it too, but the President and Democrats are standing tall, and they are about to make life miserable for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

19 Replies to “Obama Sets A Trap For Boehner and McConnell By Threatening To Veto Defense Spending”

  1. The Defense Department was set up to protect the people of this nation and their live style, not to sacrifice the people in the altar of war.

    Thank you Mr.Obama for caring about the people!

  2. Oabama and his advisors aren’t playing nice with the Republicans anymore. Do you blame them? He## NO! Playing nice with the Republicans only led to grief and stagnation. And it made Republicans believe that they could bully their way through with garbage bills and cuts. No more. The sun is setting on the Republicans’ way, which is NO way.

  3. Before the mid-term elections Democrats had 2/3 of the branches of government. So when budgets couldn’t get passed, and the government shut down it was blamed on Ted Cruz and the Tea Party.
    Then in 2014 a majority of voting Americans gave the Republicans the power of law-making and budgets by electing them to majorities in both houses of congress. So now if the minority in the senate uses the filibuster and the President uses his veto pen, and the government shuts down, who’s going to get the blame?

  4. I can see the Fox “News” headlines, “The President chooses not to defend the country!” already. Thanks again Kentucky.

  5. Robert:

    Guess who gets the Blame? REPUBLICANS! Why? Because they bring NOTHING to the table. Smoke and Mirrors. Phony Trojan Horse proposals and bills that benefits no American (including Republicans). What they propose is always at this time-VETOable and NON-FILIBUSTER proof. So, you see? Democrats don’t want their garbage, so it will be thrown back at them. With the message: IT STINKS, try again!

  6. Democrats may have had a Senate majority, they did NOT have the House majority. AND when they had the Senate, the Republicans pulled the same crap that they are getting from the Democrats now.

    AND yes, Ted Cruz did bring the government to a screeching halt.



    If the government shuts down again it will be because the Republicans are demanding more money for defense (getting around the sequester cuts), tax cuts for the top 1-2%
    with NO way to pay for it.

    Use your friggin head for a change, instead of simply repeating all the teabagger talking points.

  7. “Use your friggin head for a change, instead of simply repeating all the teabagger talking points.”

    Unfortunately, it is the corporate owned media that perpetuates the teabagger talking points.

  8. And when the President goes on TV and explains why he vetoed the bill that hurts Americans he will make the re thugs look like the ghastly cretins they are.

  9. The President should know by not that the GOP are tone deaf when he speaks. They will pass the cuts, then throw a hissy fit, lie, and take away their toys when they do not accomplish their objective. Never mind that they were warned prior to them voting that the bill will be vetoed. They will still try to bully Obama to do what their pills want them to do, as oppose to passing legislation that helps voters.

  10. Your @$$e$ are going to be blamed for it. People are starting to wake up to the Republican agenda, which is nothing more than to funnel as much wealth as possible to the super-rich and the corporations. Republicans have no interest in passing any legislation which will benefit the average citizen. So-called ‘Obamacare’, actually the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, may prove to be the watershed which made many people reconsider who was actually on their side and who had no interest in their well-being.

  11. Stimulus, Response.

    Stimulus, Response.

    Stimulus, Response.

    Amoeba- demonstrate more responses than the Republicans do when being confronted by Obama.

    It’d be comical if it weren’t ultimately so tragic.

  12. That will never be aired on Faux Snooze.

    This is what Faux will say:
    “president Obama has VETOD necessary legislation which will HURT our military”

    The seed of “HURT our military” will be spun to mean the miltary families which is NOT true.

  13. Paralyzed Veterans of America produced PSA’s to seek funding for paralyzed veterans because the Congress keeps cutting funding for OUR all volunteer military! The all volunteer military put their lives and limbs on the line and differentiating and comparing with the private sector is bogus, but in line with “conservative” values.

  14. “Boehner and McConnell are trying to have their cake and eat it too.”

    That makes no sense in this article. Of course a person can have a cake and eat it. The correct expression is “Eat your cake and have it too.”

  15. If Republicans want the trade deal(s) and the Defense appropriations bill, then maybe they had better consider letting Dems have a couple of the things they want too. It’s traditional political deal-making. Strange how it has become an act of leadership or a radical thing.

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