Trump vetoes $740 billion defense funding bill
Thus, the outgoing president went against the will of the Republican-controlled Senate..
Wednesday the President of the United States Donald Trump vetoed a massive defense bill that authorizes $ 740 billion in related spending and outlines Pentagon policies.
«Unfortunately, the bill does not include critical measures to ensure national security, and also includes provisions that offend the memory of our veterans, the history of our military, and are contrary to my administration’s efforts to put America first in our national security and foreign policy.», – wrote Trump in his letter to Congress.
«it “gift” China and Russia», – added the president without giving specific details.
Earlier this month, both houses of Congress passed the National Defense Spending Bill with a limited veto, meaning any Trump veto is likely to be overturned..
Now Congress must vote again to override Trump’s veto. The House of Representatives is due to return after the Christmas break on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber will vote to overturn the veto on Tuesday.
Defense Bill The (NDAA), which was published this year at 4,517 pages, is usually adopted with strong bipartisan support and a majority protected from veto. The document funds America’s national security spending portfolio. It has been taken without fail for nearly six consecutive decades.
Passing the law, at a minimum, ensures higher wages for military personnel and supports the implementation of critical defense modernization programs.
«Donald Trump just vetoed our troops’ pay hikes so he can defend dead Confederate traitors», – tweeted Democratic leader senator Chuck Schumer, pointing out one of Trump’s concerns with the defense bill that needs to be passed.
«Democrats will vote to lift the veto», – added Sumer.
«It is alarming that Trump is using his last hours in the presidency to wreak havoc, including by denying our military personnel long-promised pay increases and hazardous conditions; our families on paid family leave, childcare, housing and health care; and our veterans get the benefits they need and deserve», – said the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Other senior Democratic MPs also criticized Trump.
«The Kremlin is actively attacking our cyber networks. Instead of defending our national security, the president is downplaying Russian involvement, which is contrary to US intelligence, and now he has simply vetoed a law containing the required measures that we can use to hold Putin accountable for such belligerent behavior.», – said the senator Zhanna Shahin, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
«This is not about politics, this is about the safety of the United States and the safety of our men and women in uniform.», – added Shahin.
Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut state, said he was speechless after Trump’s decision not to sign the military budget.
«Literally immediately after what could become the most massive cyber attack in the history of our country, the president is removing the new tools and authorities that we need to cyber defense of our country.», – by Blumenthal, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
«I urge fellow Republicans not only to speak up, but also to oppose it, and look forward to a strong bipartisan unanimous vote», – he added.
Trump ally senator Lindsay Graham from South Carolina tweeted that she would not vote to overturn the president’s veto. Graham did not vote to pass the bill.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judicial Committee, introduced a bill on December 15 that would end protections under Section 230 of the Communications Integrity Act by January 1, 2023. Section 230 protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from legal liability for what is posted on their platforms.
Earlier this month, Trump threatened to veto the giant protection bill unless lawmakers include a measure to repeal Section 230..
He has repeatedly blamed Twitter, his platform of choice. social networks for communication, unfairly censored.
Trump renewed his threats on Thursday.
In his message to Congress, Trump wrote that the NDAA bill failed «make any significant changes to section 230 of the Law on Decency in Communications». He called on Congress to repeal this measure.
The President has previously stated that this measure poses a serious threat to the national security of the United States, and fair and fair elections, but did not provide any further explanations. Trump also said the law works in China’s favor.
The president’s Section 230 issue came to light this summer after Twitter added warning labels to several of his tweets that the mail-vote was a scam. Trump has still not ceded his post to the president-elect Joe Biden.
The NDAA in its current form does not include any Section 230 related measures..
Bipartisan lawmakers rejected Trump’s demand, saying Article 230 repeal had nothing to do with the passage of the Pentagon’s main bill.
«[Article] 230 has nothing to do with the military», – Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told reporters on December 2 James Inhof from Oklahoma State. «I agree with his opinion, we should do away with 230, but we cannot do this in this bill», – added Inhof, who is Trump’s ally.
Same day Senate Majority Republican John Tune said: «I don’t think the Defense Bill is the place for a Section 230 fight».
Trump also insisted that the defense spending bill include language prohibiting the renaming of military bases in memory of the leaders of the Confederate era..
Senate Armed Services Committee, led by Republicans, approves senator’s position in summer Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, requiring the Pentagon to rename military installations named after the leaders and symbols of the Confederation.
Trump, in a June multi-part tweet, dismissed the idea, saying the confederate base names were part of the great «heritage» country.
«It has been proposed to rename up to 10 of our legendary military bases such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These monumental and very powerful bases have become part of the great American heritage, history of victory and freedom.», – tweeted Trump.
«The United States of America trained and stationed our HEROES in these sacred lands and won two world wars. Therefore, my administration is not even considering renaming these magnificent and legendary military sites.», – wrote the president.