The original approval of the $740 billion bill was by margins above what would be needed to override the Trump veto….
Defense bills do NOT get held up….
Trump vetoed the bill because it does not pull back social media liability against user comments…..
Congressional defense committees and industry groups over the holiday break called on the House and Senate to override President Trump’s Dec. 23 veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.
The NDAA for fiscal year 2021 authorizes $740 billion for national defense spending and sets policies affecting every aspect of military activities. The bill earlier this month passed both chambers with broad bipartisan support — the House voted in favor of the bill 335-78-1 and the Senate’s vote was 84-13. It was sent to the president’s desk Dec. 11.
The House is planning a veto override vote on Monday. Two-thirds majorities are needed in the House and Senate to overturn the veto and enact the bill into law. The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday if the House’s override vote is successful.
Trump said he rejected the NDAA because it does not repeal Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Act which shields online companies from legal liability for content posted by users. The president also objects to provisions to rename military bases that honor Confederate officers, and opposes language that restricts his power to use military construction money for other projects.
The leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees are urging their colleagues to support the override.
“The NDAA has become law every year for 59 years straight because it’s absolutely vital to our national security and our troops. This year must not be an exception,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…..
Omnibus spending bill gives Space Force its first separate budget…
The massive $2.3 trillion appropriations package Congress passed for fiscal year 2021 provides $696 billion for the Defense Department, including $15.2 billion for the U.S. Space Force. …