Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate said Thursday they would oppose a bill that would repeal the 2015 Manpower reno law.
In a letter to the White House, GOP leaders urged President Donald Trump to veto the bill.
“The Manpower Restoration Act would repeal vital legislation that would strengthen our military and help us keep our country safe,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said in the letter.
“This bill would also hurt our economy, and hurt the American taxpayer, by creating a permanent and unneeded government workforce.
We are convinced that it would lead to a permanent increase in the cost of maintaining the U and our allies’ military.”
Republicans in Congress have been working on the bill since March, but lawmakers have been holding off on voting on it as they work to avoid a government shutdown.
Trump signed the bill into law in April, saying the legislation would help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign assistance.