Obama prepared to veto spending bill if necessary

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:12 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it strongly opposed a Republican-backed spending bill and said President Barack Obama will veto a bill if it undermines his priorities or national security or curtails drivers of long-term economic growth.

"The unbalanced bill would undermine the nation's economic recovery and its ability to succeed in a complex global environment," the White House said in a statement.

Showdown votes in the Senate will be held on both the House-passed Republican spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends September 30, and a Democratic alternative. Neither measure is expected to get the 60 votes needed for passage.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Matt Spetalnick)