It is not clear what will happen next. News reports project that the Senate has enough votes to override the veto but not the House. The Chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services committees have both stated that there is no backup plan for the authorization bill so until someone blinks, the defense bill languishes.
Friday, October 23, 2015
President Veto's the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA
Yesterday, the President vetoed the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). His message accompanying the veto and his rationale for doing so can be read here. The reasons for rejecting the bill did not include objections to any of the procurement related provisions that we discussed last month (for example, see here, here, and here).