U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer accuses President Barack Obama of playing politics with his veto of the $612 billion defense bill.
“It is incredibly disappointing to see our Commander in Chief play these political games at the expense of our men and women in uniform,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act in a rare public veto message with reporters present.
The defense bill breezed through Congress, passing the Senate on a 70-to-27 vote and the House on a vote of 270-156.
The president’s main objection is that the bill increases spending on the military while keeping budget caps in place for domestic spending.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the defense bill should stand on its own.
“Sadly, the president’s objection has nothing to do with protecting our nation. It’s based on a partisan, political demand that more taxpayer dollars would be spent on discretionary spending and on agencies like the EPA and the IRS,” according to Fischer. “I believe that we have no higher obligation than protecting our nation and providing for our national security.”
Fischer rejects the president’s explanation that he disagrees with the increase in the military budget, while domestic spending remains under budget caps.
“To have the president veto it, I believe, on partisan politics is really disappointing.”