Trump’s veto forced Republicans to decide whether to defy the President in support of legislation that sets defense policy for the country. The legislation, however, originally passed both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities and the House voted on Monday to override the veto. The final vote was 81-13, far above the two-thirds majority needed.
Trump had threatened to veto the defense bill, which includes pay raises for America’s soldiers and modernizations for equipment, because it doesn’t include a repeal of Section 230, a law that shields internet companies from being liable for what is posted on their websites by them or third parties.
The bill also includes provisions to limit how much money Trump can move around for his border wall and to require the military to rename bases that were named after figures from the Confederacy.
Nays: Booker D-NJ, Braun R-IN, Cotton R-AR, Cruz R-TX, Hawley R-MO, Kennedy R-LA, Lee R-UT, Markey D-MA, Merkley D-OR, Paul R-KY, Sanders D-VT, Warren D-MA, Wyden D-OR,
Not voting: Gardner R-CO, Graham R-SC, Jones D-Al, Loeffler R-GA, Perdue R-GA, Sasser R-NE