(PoliticalLookout.com)- The House of Representatives voted on Monday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.
In a 322-87 vote, the House easily overcame the two-thirds majority it needed to override Trump’s veto of the $741 billion bill. Republicans supported the bill by almost a two-to-one ratio, but the 66 Republicans who voted in favor of the veto override were more than enough to get the job done.
Trump put a lot of pressure on Republicans in Congress when he vetoed the NDAA. The bill originally passed through both the Senate and the House with a bi-partisan vote that was considered “veto-proof.” By vetoing the bill anyway, the president basically forced Republicans to directly go against his will.
In the House, a large number of his party’s representatives did just that.
It’s expected that the Senate will take up a vote to override the veto sometime later this week or even this weekend. And the veto override is also expected to be successful in the upper chamber.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the veto override:
“Soon, this important legislation will be passed into law … For the brave men and women of the United States armed forces, failure is not an option. So, when it is our turn in Congress to have their backs, failure is not an option here, either. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation one more time.”
McConnell has often stood behind President Trump, but this is a direct move against him.
Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn, who is an adviser to McConnell, said he’d be casting his vote to override the veto. He said:
“We know the president has the constitutional authority to veto any bill for virtually any reason, and he has exercised that power with this legislation. The reasons the president has given I don’t think are frivolous at all. They just shouldn’t be tagged to this particular piece of legislation.”
For weeks before the bill passed in both the House and Senate, Trump threatened to veto the bill if it didn’t include a repeal of Section 230. That is a provision included in a 1996 law that gives a legal shield to tech companies. It basically removes liability from tech companies for any content that users post to their sites.
Trump has been vehemently against Section 230 for some time now, as it allows Twitter users, for example, to post whatever they want without any legal ramifications for Twitter itself. The president has been a vocal critic of Twitter, Facebook and many other big tech companies.
The president also objected to provisions in the NDAA that will force the Pentagon to change the names on military installations that commemorate any Confederate generals. Trump also said the bill is too restrictive on the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, “particularly my efforts to bring our troops home.”
The NDAA that Congress passed also included provisions limiting how much money Trump could allocate for his border wall.