House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel whether he recommended the president veto a defense spending bill. Hagel answered by saying he hasn't been consulted on the legislation:
“First, Mr. Chairman, I have not been asked my opinion on whether the President should veto the bill or not. My responsibility, as you know, is this department and that’s where I stay focused. If I’m asked for my thoughts on the overall budget, then I’ll give them to him, but I have not been asked,” Hagel said.