US House votes to overturn Trump’s veto on key defense bill By Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to override President Donald Trump‘s veto on a $ 740 billion defense policy bill, in a rebuke to the president that underscored deep divisions in the Party. Republican during his last weeks in office. The 322-87 House vote, in which 109 Republicans voted to override Trump’s veto, leaves the fate of the measure to the Republican-led Senate, where a final vote is expected this week. If the Senate seconded the House action, it would be the first override of Trump’s presidential veto. Trump, who is angry that some Republicans have acknowledged his defeat to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, vetoed the defense bill last Wednesday. Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20. Trump said he blocked the legislation because he wanted it to override liability protections for social media companies unrelated to national security, and opposed a provision to rename military bases to generals who fought for the Confederacy pro -slavery during the Civil War. The legislation, which addresses a number of defense policy issues and includes a salary increase for US troops, has been approved by Congress every year since 1961. The bill was approved by both houses of Congress with margins greater than the two-thirds majorities necessary to override the president’s veto. But Trump vetoed it anyway, and the bill returned to Congress for more votes on whether to override the veto.

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