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Obama to sign US defense bill this week

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Updated: October 27, 2009, 4:26 PM IST
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Obama to sign US defense bill this week
Earlier the Obama administration had threatened to veto the bill.

Jacksonville (Florida): US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he will sign the defense authorisation bill this week.

"To make sure you can meet the missions we ask of you, we are increasing the defense budget, including spending on the Navy and Marine Corps," Obama said in a speech to troops at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

"This week, I'll sign that defense authorisation bill into law," he said.

The Obama administration had threatened to veto the bill, which funds Pentagon operations, because it authorises several programs the Pentagon had deemed unnecessary. Among those is an F-35 fighter jet engine built by General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Group Plc.

Congress has allocated $560 million for that program this year.

"To make sure we are spending our defense dollars wisely, we are cutting tens of billions of dollars in waste and projects that even the military says it doesn't need -- money better spent on taking care of you and your families and building the 21st century military that we do need," Obama said in his speech.

First Published: October 27, 2009, 4:26 PM IST
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