Congress Overrides Trump Veto of the NDAA Defense Bill

The republican-led senate has defied President Donald Trump as his presidency appears to near an end.

Congress Overrides Trump Veto of the NDAA Defense Bill

The republican-led senate has defied President Donald Trump as his presidency appears to near an end.

On Friday, the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted to override the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, the first time one of Trump’s vetoes have been overturned.

The current vote tally has already exceeded the two-thirds required to override a veto, with bi-partisan support from both Republicans and Democrats.

Trump vetoed the NDAA which would set defense funding for the 2021 fiscal year.

The President had demanded congress address Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act in the bill. Section 230 grants Internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter with broad liability protections unavailable to other types of media publishers.

The President also said that the NDAA opposes bringing more U.S. troops home, calling it “unconstitutional” to supersede his authority as commander-in-chief.

I oppose endless wars, as does the American public. Over bipartisan objections, however, this Act purports to restrict the President’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Germany, and South Korea,” the president continued.

The effort to override the President’s demand has been spearheaded by McConnell who said on Tuesday: “For the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, failure is simply not an option. So when it’s our time in Congress to have their backs, failure is not an option either. I would urge my Republican colleagues to support this legislation one more time when we vote tomorrow.

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