White House Promises Veto of GOP Spending Bill
The White House is vowing to veto a House spending bill for the Justice Department, NASA and several other agencies, charging its GOP authors with violating last summer’s budget agreement and cutting programs like legal aid to the poor too deeply.
The legislation in question is the first appropriations bill to come to the House floor this year. Republicans are cutting domestic agency operating budgets below levels agreed to with President Barack Obama last year as part of budget legislation setting an overall “cap” on the day-to-day budgets for Cabinet agencies.
The administration opposes cuts to hiring grants for local police departments and the Legal Services Corp., among others.
Some Democrats are likely to support the measure despite the veto threat.
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