Defense Appropriations

White House Upgrades Defense Veto Threat (Video)

Obama won't sign the Defense spending bill until Republicans agree to spend more money on his priorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No more weasel words. President Barack Obama will veto the Defense Appropriations bill unless there's a deal to raise domestic spending, Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.  

That upgrades the veto threat slightly from the usually articulated one that his senior "advisers would recommend" a veto. White House Affirms Defense Spending Veto Threat