McConnell: Obama 'bragging' about defense bill veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (R-Ky.) slammed President Obama on Thursday, saying he's bragging about an expected veto of an annual defense bill. 

"The president will not only veto the bill, he's going to brag about it. Not only going to veto the bill, he's going to brag about it in a photo op today down at the White House," the Republican leader said. 
 
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The White House announced Wednesday evening that Obama will veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday afternoon and invited photographers to the veto signing. 
 
McConnell added that Obama will be bragging about the move despite "our service members facing threats and instability in several theaters." 
 
The White House has vowed for months that the president would veto the NDAA because of an extra $38 billion included in war funding. The administration argues that the additional money is meant to help the Pentagon avoid congressionally mandated budget caps. 
 
While a veto would likely be sent to the House first, McConnell appeared optimistic that there is enough support in the Senate to override a veto if it reaches the upper chamber.
 
"We hope if there is a veto, that it comes to the Senate because we think we have the votes to override the veto," he told reporters. 
 
But Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason Reid'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act Democrats would rip up election law under the guise of a COVID emergency After the loss of three giants of conservation, Biden must pick up the mantle MORE (D-Nev.), vowed earlier this month that they would have the votes to sustain Obama's veto, meaning that some senators would have to flip their vote. 
 
The Senate passed the $612 billion defense bill earlier this month by a 70-27 vote, with 20 Democrats bucking Obama.
 
The White House and congressional Democrats are hoping that blocking the NDAA will force Republicans to reach a long-term budget deal on rolling back congressionally mandated budget caps for both defense and non-defense spending.