Vote on House to override Trump’s defense bill veto

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to override President Donald Trump’s defense policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the president’s first veto override.

Members of the House voted 322-87 to override the veto on Monday, more than the two-thirds required to override. The Senate, which is expected to vote on the override this week, also needs approval by a two-thirds majority.

Trump rejected the defense bill last week, saying it had failed to limit social media companies, claiming it was biased against him during his failed re-election campaign. Trump has also opposed language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honor federal leaders.

The Defense Bill, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA Confirms a 3% pay rise for soldiers and authorizes more than 7 40,740 billion in military programs and construction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said after the vote that the House has done its job to ensure the NDA becomes law “despite the President’s dangerous sabotage efforts.”

Pelosi said Trump’s “reckless veto would have refused to impose a dangerous duty on our service members,” undermining important defenses for global peace and security and countering our nation’s values ​​and racism by blocking massive bilateral action to rename military bases. It was awesome. “

Senate. Jim Inhoffe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the bill “absolutely important to our national security and our troops,” adding that “our men and women who volunteer to wear uniforms should not deny what they need – never.”

Trump has had success during his four-year tenure in enforcing party discipline in Congress, with some Republicans willing to publicly oppose it. The Covid-1 relief scrutiny against the Trump-backed plan was increased by 3,000 before he stepped down in the final week, marking the extent to which Trump’s influence was limited by a bipartisan vote on a widely-defended defense bill. The House approved large payments, but the plan faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate, another sign of Trump’s dissolution on Congress.

Trump has offered a series of arguments for rejecting the defense bill. He has called on lawmakers to impose restrictions on Twitter and other social media companies he claims are biased against him, as well as language that allows him to change the names of military bases such as Fort Banning and Fort Hood that honor Confederate leaders. Can. Trump also claimed without evidence that the biggest winner from the defense bill would be China.

In his veto message, Trump also said the bill would restrict his ability to conduct foreign policy, “especially my efforts to bring my troops home.” Trump was referring to provisions in the bill that would impose conditions on his plan to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan. And Germany. The move requires the Pentagon to submit reports that certify that the proposed withdrawal would not endanger U.S. national security.

The veto override was supported by 212 Democrats, 109 Republicans and independents. Twenty Democrats, along with Republicans and independents, opposed the override.

House G.O.P. of California. Leader Kevin McCarthy lost the vote, but Republican leadership member Wyoming Rip. Liz Cheney reps to the top Republican Texas on the House Armed Services panel. Supported Mac Thronberry. Thornberry Berry is retiring this year and the bill is in his honor.

The Senate earlier this month -13 84–13. Approved the bill, which was more than the margin required to override the president’s veto. Trump has vetoed eight other bills, but all of them were sustained because supporters did not get the required two-thirds vote in each chamber to make the bill law without Trump’s signature.

Top Democrat on Senate Armed Services Committee, Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reid said Trump’s announcement was wrong as China got it from the defense bill. He also noted the changing nature of Trump’s veto.

“From the basic names of the Confederacy to the provisions of social media liability … to the fictitious and easily denied allegations about China, it is difficult to keep an eye on the moral, irrational excuse to veto President Trump’s bipartisan bill,” Reed said.

Reid told the veto on December 23 (Trump’s Russian President Vladimir) who a lump for Putin and his troops. Donald Trump is showing more loyalty to Confederate base names than to men and women who defend our nation. “

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith said Trump’s veto “made it clear that he does not care about the needs of our military personnel and their families.”

The move guides Pentagon policy and cementes decisions about military levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military targets. Many programs, including military construction, will only be implemented when the bill is approved.

In Trump’s rare break, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged the passage of the defense bill despite Trump’s veto threat. McConnell said it was important for Congress to continue its nearly six-decade-long streak of passing defense policy bills.