January 3, 2013
“I have approved this annual defense authorization legislation, as I have in previous years, because it authorizes essential support for service members and their families, renews vital national security programs, and helps ensure that the United States will continue to have the strongest military in the world,” Mr Obama said in a statement early on Thursday after signing the measure.
Mr Obama, who is on holiday in Hawaii, said that he signed the measure despite reservations.
“In a time when all public servants recognize the need to eliminate wasteful or duplicative spending, various sections in the Act limit the Defense Department’s ability to direct scarce resources towards the highest priorities for our national security,” the president said.
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