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House passes $662 billion defense bill after White House drops veto threat – Washington Post

On December 14, 2011, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a highly contested defense appropriations bill after the Obama Administration dropped its threat to veto the bill. 

According to the article, the White House dropped its veto threat after members of the Administration were successful in obtaining key revisions to the bill.  According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the new bill "does not challenge the president's ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists and protect the American people."  These powers are reinforced, in part, by a provision in the bill that states that nothing in the bill "will affect existing criminal enforcement and national security authorities of the FBI or any other domestic law enforcement agency." 

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