Apple News Facebook Twitter 新浪微博 Instagram YouTube Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020

U.S. House overrides Trump's veto of defense bill

(Xinhua)    11:06, December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. House on Monday voted to override President Donald Trump's veto of an annual defense bill, which initially passed both the House and the Senate with veto-proof majorities.

With a 322-87 vote, the House easily passed the threshold of a two-thirds majority to override the president's veto of the 741-billion-U.S.-dollar National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2021. The vote marked the first time during Trump's presidency that lawmakers rebuked the president's veto.

Trump on Wednesday followed through on his threat to veto the annual policy legislation. The veto is so rare in history that it hadn't happened to the NDAA for nearly six consecutive decades.

Ahead of the vote, Representative Mac Thornberry, Republican of Texas who is also the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to vote for "the exact same bill" and "put the best interests of the country first."

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington State, said "it is enormously important that we pass this bill."

The Senate is scheduled to begin its process of overriding the veto Tuesday. The final override vote in the upper chamber is not expected for days.

If the bill cannot be enacted before Jan. 3 when the new Congress starts, lawmakers will have to start from scratch.

Trump objected the bill, which will fund the U.S. military portfolio through September 2021, because it didn't include a provision to repeal or "make any meaningful changes" to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that provides a legal shield to social media giants like Twitter and Facebook, which the president claimed used that section of the law to suppress conservative voices.

Trump's refusal to sign the bill into law also derived from the inclusion of a provision that requires Confederate military bases to be renamed within three years.

The president, in his statement notifying Congress of his decision, also said that the bill "restricts the President's ability to preserve our Nation's security by arbitrarily limiting the amount of military construction funds that can be used to respond to a national emergency," and that "numerous provisions of the Act directly contradict my Administration's foreign policy, particularly my efforts to bring our troops home."

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Web editor: Wen Ying, Liang Jun)

Add your comment

Related reading

We Recommend

Most Read

Key Words