President Signs Authorization Bill
President Obama signed the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill last week, ending what had been a back-and-forth struggle between the White House and Congress over the last several months.
Despite signing the legislation, Obama acknowledged “serious reservations” about some provisions, particularly those that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. In response to the measure’s most contentious provision, Obama said in his signing statement that officials would not adhere to a strict requirement calling for military detention of al Qaeda members.
One of the measure’s most significant impacts is its suspension of funding for construction needed to prepare Guam for the arrival of 8,600-plus Marines from Okinawa. The bill establishes multiple conditions — including completion of a master plan for the construction of facilities and infrastructure on Guam — that must be met before Congress will allocate money for the realignment, reported the Pacific Daily News.
For a summary of the authorization bill, H.R. 1540, see the American Forces Press Service story.