House Passes Revised Military Spending Bill, But Veto Looms

Bill Still Blocks Transfers of Detainees From Gitmo

In a 370-58 vote, the House overwhelmingly passed a revised 2016 military spending bill, offering less than 1% cuts from the previous bill and continuing to include restrictions on releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees, as well as other language which has the White House threatening a veto.

The Senate is expected to vote and pass the same bill within the next week, but the House leadership suggested they wouldn’t try to override the veto on this first run-through, and would rather offer another alternative version of the bill before doing that.

Some in the Senate are said to want to revise the Gitmo provisions further, which may ultimately make today’s vote totally irrelevant, and force the House to vote on another alternative version to reconcile with the Senate. Either way, the massive spending buried in “overseas contingency operations,” meant to ignore budget caps, is expected to remain virtually untouched.

The White House didn’t mention the long-standing veto threat yesterday in comments about pending vote, but did suggest the president might use an executive order to unilaterally close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay at some point in the future.

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