House set to vote on overriding Trump veto of $740 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON — The House was set to vote Monday on whether or not to override President Donald Trump's veto of an annual defense spending bill.

An override would stand as a bipartisan rebuke to the Republican president within the last days of his administration.

The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is set to convene at 2 p.m. ET. The vote to override Trump's rejection of the large defense bill, which authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and descriptions Pentagon coverage, is predicted round 5 p.m. If handed, the override measure then heads to the Senate subsequent.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated his chamber would vote on overriding the veto Tuesday.

The bill, referred to as the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, handed the House on Dec. 8. with the help of greater than three-fourths of the chamber. A big majority of the GOP-controlled Senate additionally authorised the bill, giving each chambers the next share of yea votes than the two-thirds required to defeat a presidential veto.

The sweeping defense bill usually passes with sturdy bipartisan help and veto-proof majorities because it funds America's nationwide safety portfolio. It has been signed into regulation yearly for almost six consecutive a long time.

The bill's passage, on the minimal, secures soldier pay raises and retains essential defense modernization packages working.

Trump provided a range of causes for opposing this yr's 4,517-page NDAA, taking situation with the bill each for what it incorporates and what it lacks.

The president has demanded that the bill embrace language stripping social media firms of protections below Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which guards them from being held answerable for what customers say on their platforms. Trump, who has used Twitter prolifically all through his presidency, has lengthy accused media shops 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 Decency Act." He known as on Congress to repeal the measure.

The president has beforehand stated the measure posed a critical risk to U.S. nationwide safety in addition to election integrity however didn’t give any additional explanatory particulars.

Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote on Twitter that he wouldn’t vote to override the president's veto. Graham didn’t vote for the bill the primary time.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, launched laws on Dec. 15 that might finish, by Jan. 1, 2023, the protections of Section 230.

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