Among White House objections to defense bill, Israel aid one of many

WASHINGTON – A line item in a House bill proposing an increase in missile defense aid for Israel is significant news in Jerusalem, but represents merely a fraction of 1 percent of this year’s $583 billion omnibus US defense package, known formally in Washington as the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Obama administration roundly opposes for a host of reasons.

A version of the bill that passed through the House of Representatives last week prompted the Obama administration to issue a statement of policy – standard practice of any White House with respect to mega bills such as this – and included, for the first time, a line of objection to the proposed missile aid increase. A House subcommittee had earlier written into the bill a $455 million addition to the administration’s proposed budget, which would effectively quadruple the president’s request.


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