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Senior Advisors to Recommend Obama Veto 2017 US Defense Budget

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The Obama administration strongly objects to many provisions in the current draft of the 2017 US defense budget.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Obama administration strongly objects to many provisions in the current draft of the US defense budget for fiscal year 2017 and would recommend to veto the legislation, the White House said in a press release.

"If the president were presented with H.R. 4909 [defense budget], his senior advisors would recommend he veto the bill," the White House stated on Monday.

The Obama administration argued that the $610 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cuts off wartime operation funding after April 30, 2017 and imposes "unneeded costs."

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In addition, the White House argued it would cut Overseas Contingency Operations and counterterrorism funding, which would threaten the ability to fight Daesh terror group.

The Islamic State, also known as Daesh in Arabic, is outlawed in numerous countries, including the United States and Russia.

"The bill also continues unwarranted restrictions regarding detainees at Guantanamo Bay, would prevent the United States from fulfilling its obligations under a treaty, and includes non-germane policy riders," the release added.

The Obama administration underscored its readiness to cooperate with the US Congress to work out a bipartisan bill with necessary changes.

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