US Congress overrides Trump defence spending bill veto

US Congress overrides Trump defence spending bill veto
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump cut short their holiday in Florida to return to the White House on New Year's Eve. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The US Congress has overturned President Trump’s veto of a defence spending bill, which is happened first time in his presidency.

In a rare New Year’s Day session to debate the move, the Senate administered the move which had already been voted for by the House of Representatives.

The $740bn bill will fund defence policy for the year to come.

Mr Trump objected to certain provisions in the bill.

The Republican-controlled voted 81-13 for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – a two-thirds majority is required to override a presidential veto in both chambers.

The move comes just two days before a new US Congress is due to be sworn in.

Mr Trump, who will leave the White House in weeks, had taken issue with policies that limit troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Europe and remove Confederate leaders’ names from military bases.

The president also wanted the bill to repeal a liability shield for social media companies.

Before the debate began, Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican leader, said he was determined to pass the bill.

“Here’s what the Senate is focused on – completing the annual defence legislation that looks after our brave men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform,” McConnel, one of Mr Trump’s ardent supporter, said.

He continued: “We’ve passed this legislation 59 years in a row. And one way or another, we’re going to complete the 60th annual NDAA and pass it into law before this Congress concludes on Sunday.”

Later President Trump responded to the vote specifically on the issue of liability protection.

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