The Republican-controlled Senate voted to override Trump’s veto of the annual spending bill and delivered Donald Trump his first successful veto on his way out the door.
In a New Year’s Day session, the Senate voted 81-13 to override Trump’s veto and pass the National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes special pay and bonuses for troops, military construction projects, training programs and other vital operations.
“It’s a serious responsibility,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said about the bill on Friday. “But it’s also a tremendous opportunity: to direct our national security priorities to reflect the resolve of the American people and the evolving threats to their safety, at home and abroad.”
The House voted 322-87 earlier this week to override the veto and pass the bill.
Trump veto the bill last week because it did not include a provision repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Another problem Trump had with the $740 billion legislation was, it included a bipartisan provision requiring Confederate military bases to be renamed within three years following the calls for racial equity after the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.