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Obama Vetoes First Piece of Legislation

6006304President Obama has vetoed his first piece of legislation, the Associated Press reports – though it was a stopgap appropriations bill that never took effect.

The White House said Wednesday that the president sent the spending bill back to Congress. It was initially passed in case lawmakers were unable to pass a Pentagon funding bill for 2010.

When they passed the full, $626 billion Pentagon spending bill earlier this month, however, the stopgap legislation became moot.

Still, the president's action technically counts as his first veto. The White House said the president took the action out of an abundance of caution.