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Senate moves toward override of Trump’s NDAA veto


The #Senate inched toward a potential override of #President #Trump’s veto of the #National #Defense #Authorization #Act #Wednesday, voting in favor of a motion to take up the issue despite his stiff opposition to the military spending bill.

The motion passed, 80-12. #Majority #Leader #Sen. #Mitch #McConnell, R- #Ky.,  filed cloture immediately after the vote. A final #Senate vote on whether to override #Trump’s veto is expected by #Saturday before #Congress adjourns its current session.

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The $740 billion military spending bill passed both the #House and #Senate by a significant majority. #But in a surprise move, #Trump vetoed the NDAA on #Dec. 23.

The president warned that he would not approve the bill unless it contained language to repeal #Section 230, the measure that protects social media platforms from being liable for third-party posts. #Trump and other prominent GOP figures have accused platforms such as #Facebook and #Twitter of censoring conservative viewpoints.

#Trump also opposed a provision in the NDAA that calls for the renaming of military bases bearing the names of #Confederate leaders.

#Despite the president’s opposition, #McConnell called on members of both parties to support the approval of the NDAA. #He argued the bill is vital to U.S. defense interests and noted that it includes 3% pay raises for members of the military.

“#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,″ #McConnell said on #Tuesday.

The #Senate took up the motion one day after the #House overwhelmingly voted to override the veto. The move drew a sharp rebuke from #President #Trump, who ripped “weak and tired” #House GOP lawmakers for supporting the override.

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

The #Senate held the procedural vote amid opposition from #Sen. #Bernie #Sanders, I-Vt., who pushed #Republican leaders to approve increased direct payments to #Americans contending with coronavirus. #Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called for $2,000 checks, up from the $600 checks already approved in the latest aid package.

#Earlier #Wednesday, #McConnell said there was “no realistic path” for the #Senate to quickly approve the larger payments.



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