News ID: 278820
Published: 0300 GMT December 29, 2020

House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense bill

House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense bill
In this December 12, 2020 photo, US President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. before boarding Marine One.

The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to override US President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the first veto override of his presidency.

House members voted 322-87 on Monday to override the veto, well above the two-thirds needed to override, reported.

The Senate, which is expected to vote on the override this week, also needs to approve it by a two-thirds majority.

Trump rejected the defense bill last week, saying it failed to limit social media companies he claims were biased against him during his failed reelection campaign.

Trump also opposes language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders.

The defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, affirms three percent pay raises for US troops and authorizes more than $740 billion in military programs and construction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the vote that the House had done its part to ensure the NDAA becomes law despite the presidents dangerous sabotage efforts”.

Trumps reckless veto would have denied our service members hazard-duty pay″, removed key protections for global peace and security and undermined our nations values and work to combat racism, by blocking overwhelmingly bipartisan action to rename military bases”, Pelosi said.

Trump has succeeded throughout his four-year term in enforcing party discipline in Congress, with few Republicans willing to publicly oppose him. The bipartisan vote on the widely popular defense bill showed the limits of Trumps influence in the final weeks before he leaves office, and came minutes after 130 House Republicans voted against a Trump-supported plan to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000.

The House approved the larger payments, but the plan faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate, another sign of Trumps fading hold over Congress.




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