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Senate poised to override Trump’s defense bill veto


The #Senate appears poised to override #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE’s veto of a defense policy bill, handing the president a stinging rebuke in the final days of his administration.

The issue is likely to come to a head either on #New #Year’s #Day or the following day in a rare #Saturday vote, as a group of lawmakers threaten to drag out the veto fight as they try to leverage the $740 billion defense measure into getting a vote on the #House-passed stimulus checks bill.

#But #Republicans are making clear they expect to have the two-thirds votes needed to nix #Trump’s veto of the #National #Defense #Authorization #Act (NDAA), marking the first time in four years that #Congress has been able to successfully override #Trump.

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“Soon this important legislation will be passed into law. …#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. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation one more time,” #Senate #Majority #Leader #Mitch #McConnell#Addison (#Mitch) #Mitchell #McConnellGOP senator says he’ll block consent for ,000 stimulus checks #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection #Trump targets congressional #Republicans on multiple fronts MORE (R-Ky.) said from the #Senate floor on #Tuesday.

#Its. #John #Cornyn#John #CornynPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #Juan #Williams: The GOP’s problem with women of color #Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s #Electoral #College fight MORE (R-Texas), an adviser to #McConnell, added that he would vote to override #Trump’s veto later this week.

“We know the president has the constitutional authority to veto any bill for virtually any reason, and he has exercised that power with this legislation. The reasons the president has given, I don’t think are frivolous at all. They just shouldn’t be tagged to this particular piece of legislation,” #Cornyn said.

#Trump vetoed the NDAA on #Dec. 23, after warning for weeks that he would not support the legislation because it does not repeal what’s known as #Section 230 — a provision from a 1996 law providing a legal shield for tech companies that has emerged as a fixation for the president — and requires #Confederate-named bases and military installations be renamed.

The bill also sparked #Trump’s ire because it puts limits on his ability to withdraw troops from #Afghanistan and #Germany, two decisions that divide the president and congressional #Republicans.

The veto fight is the latest foreign policy battle between the two ends of #Pennsylvania #Avenue. #Congress previously passed #Russia sanctions in 2017 over his objection, supported language in 2019 to try to warn him off drawing back in #Syria and publicly lamented the loss of former #Defense #Secretary #James #Mattis#James #Norman #MattisHouse #Democrats push #Biden’s #Pentagon pick on civilian control of military #Eight steps to a stronger US #Public #Diplomacy #Biden’s #Pentagon pick puts #Democrats in a bind MORE, who aligns more with their worldview than #Trump.

#Senate #Republicans also back-channeled with the #White #House earlier this month warning #Trump about the defense bill’s broad support on #Capitol #Hill as they tried to talk him out of vetoing it. #McConnell, in a middle of the night speech a day before #Trump’s veto, said, “I hope the president will not veto this bill,” but warned publicly that if he did, the #Senate was prepared to return for a rare post-Christmas session to deal with it.

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#Trump appeared to acknowledge his likely defeat when he lashed out at #Republican leadership on #Tuesday in a tweet — one of several fronts where he’s battling with congressional #Republicans.

“Weak and tired #Republican ‘leadership’ will allow the bad #Defense #Bill to pass. ….#Negotiate a better #Bill, or get better leaders, NOW! #Senate should not approve NDAA until fixed!!! #Trump tweeted.

#But #Congress appears poised to ignore him.

The #House vote on #Monday was the first time either chamber has been able to successfully override a #Trump veto, with 109 GOP lawmakers breaking with the president to support the bill.

#House #Armed #Services #Committee ranking member #Mac #Thornberry#William (#Mac) #McClellan #ThornberryHouse overrides #Trump veto of defense bill #Lawmakers call for #Trump to take action on massive government hack #House #Republicans who didn’t sign onto the #Texas lawsuit MORE (R-Texas) urged #Republicans to ignore the political fight as they weighed whether to override #Trump’s veto.

“I would only ask that as members vote, they put the best interests of the country first. …There is no other consideration that should matter,” #Thornberry said.

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#Trump faces an uphill climb to prevent a veto override. The #Senate passed the NDAA in an 84-13 vote earlier this month. #Some of the six #Democratic senators who have voted against the bill said they will flip and support overriding #Trump.

#On the GOP side, #Sen. #Lindsey #Graham#Lindsey #Olin #GrahamPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw GOP #Georgia senators throw support behind ,000 stimulus checks #Trump faces looming decision on extending visa suspension MORE (S.C.) is the only #Republican who voted for the defense bill earlier this month to say they will not support overriding the veto.

The veto showdown will also put GOP #Sens. #Kelly #Loeffler#Kelly #LoefflerPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (#Ga.) and #David #Perdue#David #PerduePush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (#Ga.) in a political bind. The two senators are just days away from run-off elections that will determine which party controls the #Senate for the next two years. They’ve stuck close to #Trump, including coming out in support of his push to increase the amount of direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, as they’ve tried to drive high turnout amongst his supporters.

#But several other #Republicans — including members of leadership like #Sens. #John #Thune#John #Randolph #ThuneTrump targets congressional #Republicans on multiple fronts #Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on K checks proposal #This week: #Trump’s grip on #Hill allies faces test MORE (S.D.) and #Roy #Blunt#Roy #Dean #BluntSchumer to try to pass K stimulus checks bill #Tuesday #House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote #Questions and answers on COVID-19 relief package MORE (#Mo.), the #No. 2 and #No. 4 #Republican senators respectively — are poised to vote to override #Trump’s veto. #Others including #Sens. #And #Sullivan#Daniel #Scott #SullivanOVERNIGHT ENERGY: #Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | #Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent #Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians #Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing MORE (#Alaska), #Mike #Rounds#Mike #RoundsSenate GOP to #Trump: The election is over #McConnell urges GOP senators not to object to #Electoral #College vote #Big banks get a big break on pending whistleblower law MORE (S.D.), #John #Boozman#John #Nichols #BoozmanRepublican senators introduce bill to protect government workers from being targeted at home #Business groups scramble to forge ties amid race for #House #Agriculture chair #Romney calls first #Trump-Biden debate ‘an embarrassment’ MORE (#Ark.) and #Susan #Collins#Susan #Margaret #CollinsPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #On The #Trail: The political winners of 2020 #On The #Trail: The political losers of 2020 MORE (#Maine) are also expected to support overriding the veto.

“The NDAA represents one of #Congress’ most important responsibilities. #For the past 59 consecutive years, #Congress has come together in a bipartisan manner to craft this annual legislation,” #Collins said in a statement.

#Including the defense bill, #Trump has issued nine vetoes during his #White #House tenure. #Before the defense fight, neither chamber was able to override a veto. The closest the #Senate has come was during two 2019 override efforts — one related to U.S. support for #Saudi #Arabia’s actions in #Yemen and the second related to the border wall — which both garnered 53 votes.

#Senate #Armed #Services #Committee #Chairman #James #Inhofe#James (#Jim) #Mountain #InhofePush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw #House poised to override #Trump veto for first time #Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up potential override MORE (R-Okla.) said he was “disappointed” in #Trump’s veto. #But he stressed that the veto override was about the bill’s importance, not a reflection of #Trump, whose accomplishments he read off in a list at the tail end of a floor speech.

“I’m here today because we have to pass the NDAA. …#It’s necessary to have. #It’s the most important bill of the year,” he said. “The NDAA is so significant right now … #That’s what this vote is all about.”





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