Defense Bill Faces Veto Threat Over Guantanamo Transfer Restrictions
“The White House threatened to veto a defense bill Tuesday night, objecting to a provision that imposes ‘onerous’ restrictions on the president’s ability to move detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay,” reports USA Today .
“Obama has threatened to veto similar Guantanamo provisions in the past. Instead, he signed those bills, but with a signing statement maintaining that Congress had no authority to prevent him from exercising his power as commander-in-chief to release enemy combatants.”
“Obama has long lobbied Congress for more authority to close the Guantanamo Bay facility. In the statement of administration policy released Tuesday night, the Office of Management and Budget said the defense bill goes even further than previous bills blocking that action.”
“The White House also expressed objections to at least 35 other other pro visions in the bill.”