U.S. SENATE OVERRIDES TRUMP VETO OF DEFENSE SPENDING BILL
The Senate on Friday voted overwhelmingly to override President Trump’s veto of the annual military policy bill as most Republicans joined Democrats to rebuke Trump in the final days of his presidency, Catie Edmondson reported for the New York Times.
The 81-13 was the first time lawmakers have overridden one of Trump’s vetoes. It reflected the sweeping popularity of a measure that authorized a pay raise for the nation’s military.
The margin surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to force enactment of the bill over Trump’s objections, and only seven Republicans voted to sustain the veto.
The House passed the legislation in a similarly lopsided 322-87 vote that also mustered the two-thirds majority required.
The vote ended a devastating legislative week for Mr. Trump, effectively denying him two of the last demands of his presidency. Senate Republican leaders on Wednesday had declared that there was “no realistic path” for a vote on increasing stimulus checks to $2,000 from the current $600, a measure Mr. Trump had pressed lawmakers to take up.
Republicans have also divided over supporting the president’s determination to make one last and futile attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in Congress next week.
Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma and the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, typically a strong ally of the president, took to the Senate floor on Friday to encourage his colleagues to override Mr. Trump’s veto, calling the passage of the bill “the most significant vote lawmakers take.”
He added: “This year especially so, in light of all of the disruptions and problems that we’ve had.”