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Key test vote on Trump veto override set for Friday


The #Senate will take a key test vote on #Friday on whether 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 mammoth defense bill.

#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.) moved on #Wednesday to tee up the override effort, meaning that absent an agreement the earliest they’ll be able to take the procedural vote is on #Friday.

#Supporters of overriding #Trump’s veto of the #National #Defense #Authorization #Act (NDAA) will need 60 votes on #Friday to end debate and pave the way for a final vote on overriding #Trump.

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#It appears guaranteed that the #Senate will vote to override #Trump, which would mark the first time #Congress has successfully nixed a presidential veto under the current administration.

The #Senate will ultimately need a two-thirds vote to override #Trump’s veto. The earliest it could happen is #Friday if senators agree to speed things up; otherwise, it will be dragged into #Saturday.

The veto override effort overcame an initial procedural hurdle on #Wednesday night in an 80-12 vote. The #Senate floor action comes after the #House voted to override #Trump on #Monday in an 322-87 vote.

#McConnell threw his support behind overriding the veto this week and signaled that he has the votes to do so.

“#For the brave men and women of the #United #States armed forces, failure is simply not an option. #So when it’s our time in #Congress to have their backs, failure is not an option either. I would urge my #Republican colleagues to support this legislation one more time when we vote tomorrow,” #McConnell said from the #Senate floor.

#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.

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https://thehill.com/policy/defense/532173-key-test-vote-on-trump-veto-override-set-for-friday

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