White House threatens veto for defense spending bill in Senate

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama's advisers would recommend a veto of a U.S. Senate bill to fund the Department of Defense if lawmakers pass it, saying it uses gimmicks to get around budget caps.

The bill "ignores the long-term connection between national security and economic security and fails to account for vital national security functions carried out at non-defense agencies," the White House said.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)