Obama threatens to veto Republican stop-gap measure 

President Obama will veto a Republican-backed stopgap measure that would keep the government funded for another week and fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the fiscal year, the White House said on Thursday. 

House Republicans are planning to vote Thursday on the measure, which cuts $12 billion from the budget.

“This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011,” the White House said in a statement. “If presented with this bill, the president will veto it.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, responded by accusing Obama of not supporting American troops. Soldiers will not get their paychecks if the government shuts down Friday,  though they will eventually be paid once the government resumes operations. 



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