Stars and Stripes 29 Dec, 2020 00:30 am

House overrides Trump’s veto of the NDAA

House overrides Trump’s veto of the NDAA
The House on Monday voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the $740.5 billion defense bill that boosts pay and benefits for troops and adds care for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.

Mac Thornberry of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said on the House floor ahead of the vote., chairman of House Armed Services Committee, said ahead of the vote.Thornberry has long been a force on the House Armed Services Committee, serving as its chairman and its ranking Republican., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the NDAA is among the few examples of bipartisanship in an increasingly divided Congress and signaled he expected a Trump veto to be overruled.

The president vetoed this because of something that was never going to be in the bill, something totally unrelated to national security and something that we were not going to do in any event."Unfortunately, the act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military's history, and contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions.

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