House Rejects Trump Veto of Defense Bill; Vote Sets Stage for 1st Override of Presidency

The House of Representatives dealt a blow to President Donald Trump on Monday by rejecting his veto of a defense bill, setting the stage for the Senate to deliver the first veto override of his presidency.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 322-87 to override Trump’s veto of the $740.5 billion bill, with 109 members of the president’s own party siding with Democrats.

A similar motion will be introduced in the Republican-majority Senate, where it will also have to gain two-thirds support to override the president’s veto.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which includes funding for military projects and a pay rise for troops, was passed this month 335-78 in the House and 84-13 in the Senate.

But the NDAA was vetoed by the president because it did not repeal Section 230, a federal law that provides liability protection to internet companies.

Trump also opposed a provision that would strip several military bases of the names of generals who fought for the secessionist, pro-slavery South in the 1861-65 Civil War.

Including the defense bill, Trump has vetoed nine bills during his four years in the White House.

Congress has not previously mustered the votes needed to override any of his vetoes.

Via News max

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