The Associated Press May 24, 2011, 3:49PM ET

White House threatens veto of defense bill

The White House is threatening a veto of a defense bill over provisions limiting President Barack Obama's authority on nuclear weapons and handling terrorist suspects.

The administration issued a statement Tuesday saying it supports the bill but would recommend a veto if several provisions remain in the legislation. The administration also took issue with language in the bill that would move toward reviving an extra engine for a new fighter aircraft under development.

The administration said it hopes it could work with Congress to resolve several of the issues. The House began debate on the bill Tuesday and is scheduled to vote on the $553 billion package later this week.


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