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Obama threatens to veto DoD authorization

Nov. 30, 2012 - 02:42PM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments

The Obama administration is threatening to veto the Senate version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, in part because of a provision that would require funding cuts for the Defense Department’s civilian and contractor workforce on par with reductions for military personnel.

The provision would entail more than $5 billion in cuts through 2017, the White House said in a statement Thursday, adding that the civilian workforce’s size should be based “on workload and funding, not on arbitrary comparisons to the military.”

On Friday, however, the Senate rejected an amendment by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., to kill the provision.

The House-passed version of the defense bill does not have comparable language for civilian and contractor cuts.

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