Obama signs sweeping $772b US defence spending bill
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement late Jan 1, 2013, at the White House in Washington DC. Mr Obama has signed into law a US$633 billion (S$772.5 billion) US defence spending bill that funds the war in Afghanistan and boosts security at US missions worldwide. -- PHOTO: AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a US$633 billion (S$772.5 billion) US defence spending bill that funds the war in Afghanistan and boosts security at US missions worldwide.
"I have approved this annual defence authorisation legislation, as I have in previous years, because it authorises essential support for service members and their families, renews vital national security programmes, and helps ensure that the United States will continue to have the strongest military in the world," Mr Obama said in a statement after signing the measure.
Mr Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, said that he signed the measure despite reservations.
"In a time when all public servants recognise the need to eliminate wasteful or duplicative spending, various sections in the Act limit the Defence Department's ability to direct scarce resources towards the highest priorities for our national security," the president said.