We’ve been here before.
President Barack Obama is vowing to veto the Pentagon budget bill heading to his desk, in part because it creates legal roadblocks that would prevent him from closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay.
But the White House made similar promises to veto defense authorizations for three of the last four years, largely because of language about Guantánamo — and didn’t keep them.
The cycle dates back to 2011, when the administration opposed several provisions in the FY 2012 defense authorization that codified a process of indefinite detention and barred the use of federal money for building a detention facility in the U.S. for transfer of detainees.
A White House statement said that any bill that “challenges or constrains the president’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the nation would prompt the president’s senior advisers to recommend a veto.”