White House threatens veto of proposal to fund FDA during shutdown
The administration says piecemeal spending bills aren't a sustainable option.
The White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement that the Obama administration would veto any of the 10 piecemeal spending bills Congress is set to vote on in the upcoming days, including H.J. RES. 77, the Food and Drug Administration Continuing Approprations Resolution. The legislation, introduced on October 3, would fund FDA while the federal government remains shut down.
"Consideration of appropriations bills in this fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government," the statement reads. "Instead of opening up a few Government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the government. The harmful impacts of a shutdown extend across government, affecting services that are critical to small businesses, women, children, seniors, and others across the nation."