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Defense Bill Veto Urged by Obama Aides Over Guantanamo

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s aides said they would recommend he veto a $631.4 billion defense authorization measure now before the Senate unless it’s changed.

Among provisions cited as unacceptable in a statement today from the White House is the bill’s limit on using funds to transfer detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to other countries.

The administration maintains “that restricting the transfer of detainees to the custody of foreign countries in the context of an ongoing armed conflict interferes with the executive’s ability to make important foreign policy and national security determinations, and would in certain circumstances violate constitutional separation of powers principles,” according to the statement.

The defense measure for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 sticks with Obama’s defense budget request. The Senate may vote on passage of the measure tomorrow.

The bill is S 3254.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Litvan in Washington at llitvan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott{ at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net

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