As most of you know, we are suffering under a Republican sequester now because Republicans refused to stop terrorizing America with a government shutdown, unless Obama agreed to massive cuts to discretionally spending (spending for the general welfare of 99%), before any negotiations took place. Instead Obama demanded that half those cuts come from defense spending. What Republicans had proposed was a sequester. Obama just called it that. Then Republicans refused to negotiate at all, causing the sequester to take effect. Frankly, Obama gave them too good a deal, albeit under extreme duress. Now Republicans are using the budget to welch on that deal.
The White House stepped in Monday with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs.
Those cuts would come in areas like education, energy and water development and foreign aid.
In a statement, the White House budget office said the cuts called for in the GOP plan would force thousands of poor children off of Head Start, harm special education, cut federal law enforcement and dent medical research grants to thousands of scientists. It called on the Democratic Senate and GOP House to reach a broader agreement on the budget before advancing spending bills…
…The statement promised a veto of every spending bill until Washington reaches a bargain on "an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future."… [emphasis added]
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Republicans will lead with increases to defense spending and an increase in 3.5% increase in spending for veterans. They are anticipating the veto so they can claim that Obama blocked spending on veterans. Obama would agree to the increase for vets in a hot minute, if this were a stand-alone measure, but it is not. It is just one piece of the budget.The standard practice is for parties to agree on the overall framework of the budget before hammering out the details, but Republicans refuse to negotiate on framework. Therefore Obama is correct to veto all individual measures until such a framework is in place. Of course this shows, once again, that Republicans’ word is without value. Now, when the screaming starts about Obama refusing to fund veterans, you’ll know why that is a lie.