Senate deals blow to Trump by annulling his veto on Defense law The State

Senate deals blow to Trump by overturning his veto on Defense law

Senators exceeded two-thirds of the vote.

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The Senate started the year with a blow to the president Donald trump by overriding his veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

With 81 votes in favor and 13 against, the senators achieved the two-thirds necessary to join the House of Representatives, which last Monday approved to invalidate the president’s decision.

The project has been defended by the majority of the members of Congress, since it contemplates $ 740,000 million dollars with plans to increase salaries for soldiers and modernization of equipment.

One of the reasons President Trump rejected the measure was the lack of inclusion of Section 230, which would force internet companies to be responsible for the content of their users, especially on social networks and video platforms, a battle that the president started with Twitter and Facebook.

President Trump also opposed the removal of the names of Confederate generals from military bases, as well as guidelines to halt the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Germany.

Part of the override delay happened because Democrats put pressure on the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), to increase the financial aid from $ 600 to $ 2,000 dollars.

The senator Bernie sanders (Vermont) was one of the opponents, who questioned McConnell why he was opposed to allowing the vote. The Republican considered that sending more money during the coronavirus pandemic was like “socialism for the rich.”

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