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White House Threatens to Veto House Versions of Spending Bills

June 7, 2013—As the House of Representatives passed the first two of the FY 2014 spending bills, the White House threatened to veto them unless the measures are approved “in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation, and national security for our economy to compete in the future…” 

The threats were issued on the FY 2014 Military Construction-VA appropriations bill (H.R. 2216) [see Washington Highlights, May 17], which the House passed June 4, and the Homeland Security funding bill (H.R. 2217), approved June 6.

A Statement of Administration Policy (SAP)issued June 3 by the Office of Management and Budget indicates that “the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2216 and any other legislation that implements the House Republican Budget framework.” The White House issued a similar SAP on H.R. 2217.

Stating that “enacting H.R. 2216, while adhering to the overall spending limits in the House Budget’s topline discretionary level for fiscal year (FY) 2014, would hurt our economy and require draconian cuts to middle-class priorities,” the SAP also warns, “These cuts could result in … thousands of scientists without medical grants, which would slow research that could lead to new treatments and cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, and hurt America’s economic competitiveness.”

As passed by the House, H.R. 2216 and H.R. 2217 comply with the subcommittee allocations the House Appropriations Committee approved May 21, which are based on an overall FY 2014 discretionary spending cap of $967 billion as mandated under sequestration [see Washington Highlights, May 24].  The president’s FY 2014 budget called for an FY 2014 spending cap of $1.058 trillion and a more balanced deficit reduction plan to replace sequestration.

The SAP recommends, “Prior to consideration of appropriations bills the Congress should complete an appropriate framework for all the appropriations bills. More than a month has passed since the deadline for action and the Congress has yet to appoint conferees and agree on a budget resolution.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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