In a vote on Friday, 1 January, that is expected to be its last, the Senate, voting 81-13 in a bipartisan manner, joined the House of Representatives in rebuking outgoing President Donald Trump’s veto, a week prior, of a defense policy bill that had passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of Congress in November.
Yesterday marked the first veto override of President Trump’s term in the White House.
In a 23 December Presidential Veto Message to the House of Representatives for H.R. 6395, President Trump outlined his rationale for the veto, most notably that that the measure, as passed, includes language that would require the renaming of military installations named after Civil War leaders and that it fail to terminate Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides legal protections for social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter. Also cited by the President was that the NDAA “purports to restrict the President’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Germany, and South Korea.”