Obama vetoes defense bill, sends it back to Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while hosting a community discussion on drug addiction during a visit to Charleston, West VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Republican-controlled Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs. “I’m going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple: ‘Let’s do this right,'” Obama told reporters. Let’s have a budget that properly funds our national security as well as economic security,” he said.

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