US Congress overrides Prez Trump’s veto of defence Invoice

Washington, January 2

The US Congress has overwhelmingly overturned Donald Trump’s veto of the annual $740 billion defence policy Bill, delivering a resounding bipartisan rebuke to the President in his final days in the White House.

The overriding of the Congressional veto – the first of his administration – is seen as a stinging rebuke to Trump given that the Senate, which is controlled by his Republican Party, voted 81-13 against his veto of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2021. Early this week, the House of Representatives had voted 322-87 to override Trump’s veto.

The President had vetoed the NDAA 2021 arguing that certain provisions of the bill impacted national security. He also disagreed with provisions to rename military installations bearing the names of Confederate generals.

Trump, who is set to be succeeded by President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, responded on Twitter hours after the first veto override of his presidency, saying, “Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!!”

The $740.5 billion NDAA 2021 determines the annual budget of the US. The legislation, which has been enacted into a law every year for 60 years in a row, authorises funding and provides critical authorities for the US military to strengthen national defence and take care of the US service members and military families. Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that with this vote, the Senate has sent a strong message of support to troops by voting to make the Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA law. “Not only does this bill give our service members and their families the resources they need, but it also makes our nation more secure — pushing back against China and Russia,” Inhofe said. — PTI

Provision condemning China aggression becomes law

Washington: A bipartisan Congressional provision condemning China’s aggression towards India on Friday became a law as the US Congress overrode Trump’s veto on the defence policy bill. The bill included calling out the Chinese government for its actions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The defence Bill included a resolution urging China to end its military aggression towards India. PTI

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