Obama will veto defence changes

2009-07-15 21:13

kalahari.com

  • The Amateur
    A gripping read that reveals never before published details about the Obama administration's... Now R321.00
    buy now
Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto moves by Congress to build more F-22 fighter jets as well other changes to his proposed defence budget, his administration said.

The president was opposed to provisions in a bill by the Senate Armed Services Committee that would fund an additional seven F-22 aircraft at a cost of $1.75bn and a second engine for the F-35 jet for $438.9m, the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.

Repeating a warning to the committee, the statement said if the final bill includes additional money for adding more F-22s, "the president will veto it."

Obama and Defence Secretary Robert Gates have sought to cap production of the F-22 at 187 jets, meaning only four more would be built.

As for proposed funding of an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the administration viewed the proposal as undermining the programme and "unnecessary" as the current engine had performed well in 11,000 hours of test flights, the statement said.

"If the final bill presented to the president would seriously disrupt the F-35 programme, the president's senior advisors would recommend a veto," it said.

Other fighter jets, the F-22 and F-18, had relied on a single engine provider without undue risk, it said.

Obama's proposed defence budget has sought to scale back some major weapons programmes, including the F-22 production line, while bolstering funds for unmanned aircraft and other equipment needed for counter-insurgency campaigns such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Obama administration also strongly objected to a proposed ban on private contractors interrogating detainees and a requirement to video tape all intelligence interrogations.

While the administration was open to studying a video recording rule, pushing through a mandatory requirement would be "imprudent, unduly burdensome, and could risk significant unintended consequences in current and future military operations," the statement said.

The Senate committee's bill proposed requiring the administration to issue a report to Congress before money could be used to help Pakistan's counter-insurgency efforts against Taliban militants.

But the administration criticised the provision.

"This reporting and determination requirement... would delay the release of vital funds for Pakistan's counter-insurgency efforts," it said.
Read more on:    barack obama  |  united states
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

Adventure holidays you HAVE to put on your bucket list

Need a break from your usual boring routine? Consider one of these places for your next adventure holiday.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

6 impressive camping tips
Free outdoor yoga classes
Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding
Tips on how to set your fitness goals

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.