Congress is off to a strong start passing annual appropriations bills for fiscal 2013. But the White House has taken issue with several of the bills’ provisions, threatening a veto should many of the bills come to the President’s desk.
The House Appropriations Committee has approved all but one of the 12 spending bills, and the full House voted through seven.
In statements of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget laid out the administration’s objections to the majority of the spending bills passed by the House.
In fact, the only House appropriations bills — passed either by the full House or the committee — the administration hasn’t threatened to veto are the bills for the Legislative branch and for State and Foreign Operations.
Overall, OMB argued the House bills fail to adhere to budgetary caps agreed to last summer in a broad framework spelling out some $2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.
Many of the administration’s other objections deal with a continuation of the civilian pay raise — which a number of the spending bills call for — as well as steep budget cuts for some agencies.
Reasons for veto threat
Cuts to grant funding, rental assistance for rural areas
Lower than requested funding and lack of user fees for the Food and Drug Administration
Commerce, Justice, Science
Passed by the House
Lower-than-requested funding for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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