- September 9, 2015
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday reiterated President Obama’s pledge to veto any fiscal 2016 spending bill that merely sticks to the caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act. “He will not sign into law a budget bill that would lock in sequester levels of spending,” he said. With defense spending bills in both chambers already sidestepping the caps by stashing tens of billions of extra dollars in the Pentagon’s war account, the White House ultimatum essentially is warning Republicans that Obama won’t sign any spending bill unless it offers budget relief for non-defense agencies. Lawmakers need to strike a bipartisan deal, Earnest said, reported CQ. Earnest indicated, though, that the White House likely would agree to a continuing resolution that sticks to existing spending levels in order to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.