Dec. 28 (UPI) — The Home on Monday voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act.
The transfer to override the veto handed by a vote of 322-87, simply surpassing the two-thirds majority required to overturn Trump’s rejection of the $740 billion protection spending invoice that each the Home and Senate handed earlier this month with veto-proof majorities.
A complete of 109 Republicans broke with Trump to vote in favor of the primary profitable override of his presidency, whereas 20 Democrats who voted in favor of the invoice switched their votes to help the veto.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued an announcement following the vote, calling on Trump to “finish his eleventh-hour marketing campaign of chaos,” condemning the veto as “reckless.”
“With this overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the Home has upheld our sacred Constitutional duty to maintain our nation and our individuals secure,” she stated. “The Nationwide Protection Authorization Act has been handed on a bipartisan and bicameral method for sixty years and it’ll grow to be regulation, regardless of the president’s harmful sabotage efforts.”
The invoice contains funding for main army packages and weapons techniques, and authorizes dozens of particular pay and bonuses for service members. Nevertheless, Trump criticized it for “provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our army’s historical past,” by renaming army installations that honor Accomplice leaders.
Earlier than it was handed, Trump had additionally threatened to veto the protection invoice if it did not embody a repeal of Part 230 of the Communication Decency Act, which protects tech giants akin to Fb and Twitter from authorized legal responsibility for content material posted on their platforms.
The Senate is about to fulfill to start the method of overriding the veto on Tuesday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stated he would object a vote within the Senate to overturn the veto till Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell approves a vote to extend funds within the $900 billion coronavirus reduction invoice to $2,000, which the Home handed on Monday evening.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., additionally stated he could search to carry up the vote as he did in a vote to move the invoice earlier this 12 months
“I very a lot am against the Afghan conflict and I’ve informed them I will come again to attempt to stop them from simply overriding the president’s veto,” he stated final week.