McConnell: Obama 'bragging' about defense bill veto

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat Democrats should say about guns This week: House Dems voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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 ReidSteyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border Democrats look to demonize GOP leader 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.