White House promises veto of GOP spending plan

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By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has stepped in with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs.

Those cuts would come in areas like education, energy and water development and foreign aid.

The veto promise comes as the House is set this week to consider the first of 12 spending bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1.

The first measure totals $73 billion and awards a 3.5 percent increase for veterans programs while cutting construction costs at military bases.

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