The Republican Party-controlled Senate in the United States on Friday have voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a huge defence bill.
This is the first time lawmakers have done so during his presidency, this also emphasizes the depth of disagreement between two side of the Congress.
With more than 80 of the 100 senators voting to override, well more than the two-thirds required, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act to fund the military for fiscal 2021.
Although the vote is still open, more than two-thirds have voted. The House voted earlier this week to kill Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorises spending levels and lays out policy for the Pentagon.
The veto fight over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),is in many ways a culmination of years-long, deep divisions between congressional Republicans and the president when it comes to defense and national security policy, which started almost as soon as he took over the White House with a months-long fight over Russia sanctions.
“It’s a serious responsibility,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) 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 president warned for months that he would veto the defense bill, which with Friday’s veto vote will become law for the 60th year in a row, over language included in both the initial House and Senate bills requiring the Pentagon to change the names of Confederate-named military bases and installations.
More than 100 Republican lawmakers in the House ultimately broke with Trump to support the veto override earlier this week. And several GOP senators told The Hill that they had not heard from Trump or the White House in the days leading up to Friday’s vote trying to sway them to vote against the override.