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Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — #President #Donald #Trump lashed out at congressional #Republicans a day after the #House easily voted to override his veto of a defense policy bill.

A total of 109 #Republicans, including #Wyoming #Rep. #Liz #Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, joined with #Democrats on #Monday to approve the override, which would be the first of #Trump’s presidency. The #Senate is expected to consider the measure later this week.

#Trump on #Tuesday slammed GOP lawmakers on #Twitter, charging that “Weak and tired #Republican ‘leadership’ will allow the bad #Defense #Bill to pass.″

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#Trump called the override vote a “disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to #Big #Tech. #Negotiate a better #Bill, or get better leaders, NOW! #Senate should not approve NDAA until fixed!!!″

The 322-87 vote in the #House sends the override effort to the #Senate, where the exact timing of a vote is uncertain.

#Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell, R-Ky., wants a vote as soon as #Wednesday, but #Vermont #Sen. #Bernie #Sanders objected to moving ahead until #McConnell allows a vote on a #Trump-backed plan to increase COVID-19 relief payments to $2,000.

“Let me be clear: #If #Sen. #McConnell doesn’t agree to an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment, #Congress will not be going home for #New #Year’s #Eve,″ said #Sanders, an independent who caucuses with #Democrats. “Let’s do our job.”

#McConnell said #Tuesday that approval of the $740 billion #National #Defense #Authorization #Act, or NDAA, is crucial to the nation’s defense and to “deter great-power rivals like #China and #Russia.″

The bill “will cement our advantage on the seas, on land, in the air, in cyberspace and in space,″ #McConnell said. The bill also provides a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops, improvements for military housing, child care and more, #McConnell said.

“For the brave men and women of the #United #States #Armed #Forces, failure is not an option. #So when it is our turn in #Congress to have their backs, failure is not an option here either,″ he said.

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#Trump rejected the defense measure last week, saying it failed to limit social media companies he claims were biased against him during his failed reelection campaign. #Trump also opposes language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honor #Confederate leaders.

#House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the #House vote that lawmakers have done their part to ensure the NDAA becomes law “despite the president’s dangerous sabotage efforts.″

#Trump’s “reckless veto would have denied our service members hazard-duty pay,″ removed key protections for global peace and security and ”undermined our nation’s values and work to combat racism, by blocking overwhelmingly bipartisan action to rename military bases,″ #Pelosi said.

#Sen. #Jim #Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the #Senate #Armed #Services #Committee, said he was “disappointed” with #Trump’s veto and called the bill “absolutely vital to our national security and our troops.″

“This is the most important bill we have,″ #Inhofe said #Tuesday on the #Senate floor. “It puts members of the military first.″

#Trump has succeeded throughout his four-year term in enforcing party discipline in #Congress, with few #Republicans willing to publicly oppose him. The bipartisan vote on the widely popular defense bill showed the limits of #Trump’s influence in the final weeks before he leaves office, and came minutes after 130 #House #Republicans voted against a #Trump-supported plan to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000. The #House approved the larger payments, but the plan faces an uncertain future in the #Republican-controlled #Senate, another sign of #Trump’s fading hold over #Congress.

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#Besides social media and military base names, #Trump also said the defense bill restricts his ability to conduct foreign policy, “particularly my efforts to bring our troops home.″ #Trump was referring to provisions in the bill that impose conditions on his plan to withdraw thousands of troops from #Afghanistan and #Germany. The measures require the #Pentagon to submit reports certifying that the proposed withdrawals would not jeopardize U.S. national security.

The #House veto override was supported by 212 #Democrats, 109 #Republicans and an independent. #Twenty #Democrats opposed the override, along with 66 #Republicans and an independent.

The #Senate approved the bill 84-13 earlier this month, well above the margin needed to override a presidential veto. #Trump has vetoed eight other bills, but those were all sustained because supporters did not gain the two-thirds vote needed in each chamber for the bills to become law without #Trump’s signature.

#Rhode #Island #Sen. #Jack #Reed, the top #Democrat on the #Senate #Armed #Services #Committee, said #Trump’s declaration that #China benefited from the defense bill was false. #He also noted the shifting explanations #Trump had given for the veto.

“From #Confederate base names to social media liability provisions … to imaginary and easily refutable charges about #China, it’s hard to keep track of #President #Trump’s unprincipled, irrational excuses for vetoing this bipartisan bill,″ #Reed said.

#Reed called the #Dec. 23 veto “Trump’s parting gift to (#Russian #President #Vladimir) #Putin and a lump of coal for our troops. #Donald #Trump is showing more devotion to #Confederate base names than to the men and women who defend our nation.″

The defense bill guides #Pentagon policy and cements decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals. #Many programs, including military construction, can only go into effect if the bill is approved.



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