The US House of Representatives has voted by majority to override the veto by outgoing President Donald Trump against the 2021 Defense Budget Bill, a major $ 740 billion national security bill.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted 322 to 87 in the first successful vote to overturn a presidential veto under Trump.
The House of Representatives had previously passed a bill to increase the value of economic stimulus checks for most Americans from $ 600 to two thousand dollars, at the request of President Trump, to help deal with the economic impacts of the Corona virus.
All eyes are on the Senate, which must vote by a two-thirds majority to pass the two bills.
The National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy for the US Department of Defense, has been passed every year since the 1960s.
The House of Representatives and Senate approved the bill this year with a large majority. However, Trump “vetoed” the bill last week over a plan to rename military bases named after the leaders of the Confederation, the pro-slavery coalition of southern states during the civil war in the 19th century.
He also demanded that the bill strip social media companies of some protections from liability, and objected to language that would slow down his plans to reduce the number of US forces in places such as Afghanistan and Germany.
Both houses of Congress will have to bypass the “veto”, and the Senate is expected to vote on this matter on Tuesday.
The Senate is likely to follow the House of Representatives’ lead in bypassing the “veto”, given the broad support for the bill among US lawmakers.
No American president has ever obstructed the National Defense Authorization Act, nor has Congress ever succeeded in bypassing Trump’s “veto”, and the defense bill may be the first event in which to do so.