US Capitol in Washington, DC, US on Friday, December 18, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – The House was set to vote on Monday to override the veto of President Donald Trump’s annual defense spending bill.
An override would stand as a bipartisan reprimand to the Republican president in the last days of his administration.
The gathering, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, is set to call at 2 pm ET. A vote by Trump to reject a massive defense bill that authorizes a $ 740 billion top limit in spending and outlines Pentagon policy is expected to be around 5 pm if passed If the override measure goes to the Senate.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber will vote on the veto on Tuesday.
The bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, was passed in the House on 8 December. With more than three-quarters of the support of the chamber. A majority of the GOP-controlled Senate also passed the bill, allowing both chambers to get more than two-thirds of the votes needed to defeat the presidential veto.
The Comprehensive Defense Bill typically passes with strong bipartisan support and veto-proof prominence as it funds America’s national security portfolio. It has been signed into law for nearly six decades.
The passage of the bill, at least, increases secular military salaries and keeps important defense modernization programs operational.
Trump offered several reasons to oppose this year’s 4,517-page NDAA, including taking issue with the bill for both what is and what is lacking.
The president has demanded that the bill include social media companies separating the language of protection under Section 230 of the Communications Sections Act, which holds users accountable for what they say on their platforms. Trump, who used Twitter throughout his presidency, has long accused the media of bias.
In his veto message to Congress, Trump wrote that the NDAA “failed to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Mitigation Act.” He called upon the Congress to repeat the measure.
The president has previously stated that the measure posed a serious threat to US national security as well as election integrity but provided no further details.
Trump’s aide Sen. Lindsey Graham, RSC, wrote on Twitter that he would not vote to override the presidential veto. Graham did not vote for the bill for the first time.
Graham, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation on 15 December, which would expire by section 1920, 2023.