Congress sentenced Donald Trump to a significant bipartisan defeat during his presidency as the Republican-led Senate voted to invalidate the veto of the $740.5 billion defense policy bill.
This is the first time Trump’s veto has been overcome. Trump said in his first response to the redefinition on Twitter that the Senate “missed the opportunity” of the “pathetic!!” effort.
The final count was 81 to 13, which easily exceeded the two-thirds criterion required to nullify the veto, and it was supported by both Republicans and Democrats, as it did before in the House of Representatives. Large annual defense approval measures will now become law.
Trump threatened Republican senators to vote to maintain his veto, and launched a fierce attack on fellow Republicans as Congress prepared to begin the redefinition process.
“Leadership” of the Weak and Tired Republican Party will pass bad defense bills, Trump tweeted on Dec. 29. Negotiate a better bill or get a better leader now!” tweeted. He added. On Saturday, Trump attacked Senator John Thun for the second time, suggesting that Governor Christine Noem will again take second place in the Senate Republican in the 2022 South Dakota Primary.
On Friday, ahead of the final vote, Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed called for “all of our colleagues” to nullify Trump’s veto. Senate Military Service Chairman Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican and generally a Trump ally, called the annual defense bill “the most important vote we have” and praised the bipartisan spirit that went into it.
The Senate vote followed the 322-87 vote of the House of Representatives on December 28. Senate leaders had to overcome procedural hurdles after several senators, led by Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, unanimously refused to vote for the override. Increase pandemic aid from $600 per person to $2,000. In entangled politics, Trump defended the increase and opposed many Republicans.
The vote to nullify Trump’s veto reflects the rift between President Trump and some congressional Republicans who stood by him through previous conflicts as his influence diminished. In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have recognized Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
‘Not an option’
McConnell backed the veto invalidation in the Senate on Tuesday, saying, “There is no congress that prevents Congress from completing this work for our national security and uniformed men and women, even once in 60 years. “For brave men and women in the US Army, failure is simply not an option. So if it’s your turn to turn your back in Congress, failure is not an option.”
While many of Trump’s voters are still loyal to the president, many Republican lawmakers share concerns about his recent actions. The division occurs at times of political danger to the GOP. It’s just a few days before the two finals in Georgia to determine Senate control.
Trump rejected the annual defenses, in part because he wanted to attach an irrelevant provision to remove Article 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies from liability for most of the content posted by users. He quoted section 230 in a Twitter post on Saturday saying, “It gives the big tech company unlimited power.”
Trump also had a problem with this bill, as it included a provision to change the name of military facilities in honor of the Confederate generals. And in his veto message, Trump called the bill “gifts” to China and Russia without clarifying his logic.
Defense firm HR 6395 is considered a must-pass bill because it not only approves billions of dollars for weapons systems, but also benefits the U.S. military. The measure would increase the risk tariff from $250 to $275 per month.
The fact that the defense policy bill was enacted every year for 60 consecutive years is a point of bipartisan pride for members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee.
The president and others on the right have long accused social media platforms of censoring conservatives, something that tech giants deny. While lawmakers from both parties demanded that Article 230 be amended or even removed, even the Trump allies said it was the wrong place and the wrong time for the battle.
The Defense Bill approves $732 billion in discretionary spending for defense, including $69 billion for emergency operations abroad. It has also approved funding for 93 F-35 fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp., the number one defense contractor.
The bill also establishes a committee to study and encourage within three years the removal of names, symbols, displays and monuments in honor or commemoration of the Union. It addresses the diversity of the military by requiring the removal of personal identifiers from the promotion and selection pitch, a step backed by California’s Democratic Representative Jackie Speier and Maryland’s Anthony Brown.
Defense measures establish a Pacific deterrent plan to counter China’s influence in the region. Congress plans to approve $2.2 billion in new efforts designed to strengthen the US defense posture and arms and alliances in the region.
Lawmakers aimed at Russia with provisions, including additional sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of Russian-made missile defense systems and fines for the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.