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House Overrides Trump’s Defense Bill Veto



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House Republicans joined their Democrat counterparts yesterday as they overrode President Donald Trump’s Defense bill veto. Trump went over the $740 National Defense Authorization Act and refused to sign, pointing to several issues. 

RELATED: In Apparent Break from GOP, Trump Vetoes Defense Bill

Override the Veto

The measure passed the House 322 to 87. A total of 109 Republicans broke ranks with Trump and supported the override. The vote happened after the House passed the CASH act, which increases the coronavirus stimulus relief aid to Americans from $600 to $2000.  If the Senate takes up the vote to override Trump’s Defense bill veto, it will become good as approved. 

The NDAA received majority approval from both chambers of Congress this month by large enough margins to override the veto. Some members of Congress expressed apprehension that some of those who voted for the bill’s approval will now switch sides to support Trump. However, the measure still received enough votes. Which brings the ball to the Senate’s court. 

Switch Votes

The House override is a rare display of Republican rebuke over Trump’s decisions. Despite not offering any evidence to his allegations of voter fraud, Trump continues to enjoy support from Republicans. Many remained silent about the elections until the Electoral College confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won. Even then, many still await Trump’s concession before congratulating Biden for his win. 

Using sheer numbers, the GOP could torpedo the proposal to override by sticking with Trump. However, many chose to switch votes and approve the bill instead. There were 140 House Republicans who supported the NDAA in line with party directives. When Trump said no to the bill, 109 House GOP members still voted to override the President. Meanwhile, Democrats started with 195 members who approved the NDAA. This number swelled to 212 yesterday in defiance of Trump’s Defense bill veto

Why Trump Vetoed the NDAA 

Trump rejected the defense bill last week for a number of reasons. “Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions,” he declared. 

In addition, the President wanted stronger accountability for social media companies for content posted on their platforms. Also, he wanted the removal of a measure that seeks to rename all bases named after Confederate military leaders. He also said the bill works against his foreign policy goal of getting US troops home. Trump noted that the NDAA is unconstitutional, as it supersedes 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,” he remarked. 

Senator Bernie Sanders

In order to pressure Republican senators to vote on the CASH Act overriding the NDAA, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) threatened to filibuster the defense bill veto voting. He promised to delay the override vote unless McConnell agrees to hold a vote on the bill increasing stimulus checks from $600 to $2000. 

In an interview Monday, Sanders said that “McConnell and the Senate want to expedite the override vote and I understand that. But I’m not going to allow that to happen unless there is a vote, no matter how long that takes, on the $2,000 direct payment. The filibuster won’t stop the voting from happening, but the Vermont senator can delay it long enough to give the GOP additional headaches. A delay in the proceedings will force Georgia senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler from campaigning back home for their January 5 runoff. If the GOP loses Georgia, the Democrats will control the Senate as well.

Watch the Reuters news video that reported the House of Representatives voting to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense policy bill:

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Should the Senate follow the House by overriding President Trump’s Defense bill veto as well? Or should they stick with their leader and let the veto stand? Tell us what you think by leaving your comments below.

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  • Anonymous says:

    cancel Culture needs to go away!

  • Tami says:

    May Jehovah God be with you.

  • ben gremminger says:

    i for got more than the dem. think may God do more us than any fool know .

  • tunamister says:


  • david fischer says:

    david fischer the congress is supose to be the voice of the people they are way not in touch the next people vote should straighten them out or. maybe not then we will do are job which most americans seem to be to busey with their home life these days due to the eliete not listening to the people wishes this should be insteresting .

  • Anonymous says:

    Trump has done more for the American people than the last 6 presidents put together

  • ol' Captain Bob says:

    You want to build the military and then you vote against an appropriation to fund it? Looks like business as usual for the conflicted republican party. George Bush and his crowd got us into this mess. And by the way we know that the real veto has more to do with banning shell corporations than with national defense. Without shell corporations the real frauds would be laid bare for legal action.

  • Vic says:

    The quetion was not even written correctly thus I refuse to answer. Hold up the veto and follow the leader! DO NOT over ride!

  • Daren Ray MCKENZIE says:

    Do not override Stay with TRUMP

  • Peter Berg says:

    Take out the money for other countries and give it to Americans.

  • Jeffrey OKeefe says:

    I am 73 and if I met the two House majority leaders waiting to cross the road not knowing them, I would offer help,they are hooked on Power and they are each trying to win personal triumph.The Pelosi Party are the same idiots that organised the impeachment,and regarding changing names of Bases,should Congressman Steve Scalise change his,as Al Capone’s deputy had the same surname,of course not! Democracy in Washington is no longer exists,but Free loading is still in business there,God bless the hard it Americans having to watch the debacle.

  • Martin Shaw says:

    STOP the PORK spending. Eliminate the pork and the President would sign.

  • Kathleen N Campbell says:

    I believe in President Trump. He has done what he said he would do for the people and our military. At this point in time he is not going to turn on us the American people. I’m praying that God will assist him in whatever efforts he can do before Socialism takes over. If Biden makes it into office, he may have the title of President but he will only be a puppet. Pray for President Trump, he may be a little ruff around the edges but he gets the job done for “We the People”.

  • Terry K Shields says:

    what is this article leaving out thats the issue the seems to have cherry picked one thing and left out the democrats pork packing or riders if they really cared about helping the military where were they during 8 yrs obamsadan/bumbling biden admin when they were taking the military apart how about making the military appropriations bill a stand alone bill instead of sneaking in their pork to other countries and illegals

  • J says:

    President Trump has been the best President in my lifetime, and I am 83 years old. He has been unfairly dealt with ever since he was elected, and the democrats that voted Joe Biden in will pay for it, and deserve everything bad they get, and bad things will come with them in. The Biden family should be in prison for their dealings with China. President Trump should have been elected and would have, if the democrats had not cheated.

  • John A. Abbate says:

    I stand with Trump on taking away the power of the corrupt communist main stream media, Face Book, Twitter and any others I missed, who are against the American people and our trying to take away our rights of free speech.

  • t says:

    They need to stand with Trump on vetoing the bill

  • Sheldon Nadler says:

    The Congress men and women work for American citizens not lobbyists, not foreigners, and not for their own selfish pockets. They work for us and I will be damned if my taxpayer money goes to foertign countries that shit on America.

  • Brooksy StClair says:

    Our President has done everything right in making America great again. Our Congress and House NEED to support him and his decisions in protecting our country. We MUST be strong against the countries that want to harm us!

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