In a rare reprimand to Trump, the Senate votes to override the veto on defense spending

The Senate voted Friday to lift President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. This was the first overturning of Trump’s presidency and a rare, emphatic, and definitive reprimand from GOP lawmakers, which for the most part have shown unwavering loyalty to the president.

The clear defeat could put further strain on the relationship between Republican lawmakers and Trump. He said he vetoed the $ 740 billion spending package, a key law aimed at funding the military, for a provision to rename military bases that honored Confederate officials and did not remove social liability -Media company.

But just days before two critical run-off competitions by the Senate in Georgia to determine which party controls the chamber, lawmakers joined forces on Friday to reject Trump’s complaints by an overwhelming majority. The 81-13 vote was more than enough to get the required two-thirds majority and pass what they described as “essential” to deter an aggressive China from protecting the US from a new wave of cyberattacks the nation’s troops support the world.

The House voted to overturn Trump’s veto on Monday, and there was little Senate debate on Friday before moving on to the final vote.

“President Trump has tried to turn this vote into a loyalty test and an overwhelming majority of US Senators have demonstrated their loyalty to the common defense and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who defend our nation,” said Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the senior Democrat on the Armed Forces Committee.

“The truth is: Both parties are concerned with national security, and this law has been overwhelmingly supported by both parties as it strengthens our defense capabilities – including our cyber defense – and enhances the military’s ability to respond to COVID-19 and respond to a variety of evolving threats and challenges. ”

Following the House vote to override his veto, Trump tweeted the “weak and tired Republican leadership” and described the legislature’s action as a “shameful act of cowardice and utter subjection of weak people to big tech.”

Legislators of both parties have pointed out that Trump’s demands to throw off liability shields for tech companies were not relevant to military policy or spending. Social media titans Twitter and Facebook have drawn Trump’s anger for warning dozens of his proven false missives.

After four years of endless loyalty tests that have effectively turned the Republicans of Congress into a submissive demeanor, Trump is finally reaching the limits of his political power in the final weeks of his presidency.

After taking action last week, Trump did not seem to bother to convince lawmakers to override his veto on revising the defense law to his liking. Senator John Thune (RS.D.), the Senate GOP No. 2 lawmaker, told reporters he had not received any contact from the White House in the past few days and did not know of any colleagues who did.

And Trump tried to divert attention from the final Senate vote, then tweeted about his ongoing efforts to overcome his electoral defeat and a rally by his supporters here next week, while ignoring the knocking lawmakers turned over to him.

The veto waiver on the first day of the new year comes when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a bill to increase direct COVID-19 aid payments to families from $ 600 to $ 2,000, which Trump called for.

Like his last stand on the NDAA, Trump waited until an agreement was reached to weigh up support for COVID-19. The Republicans have pitted his demands against each other, providing a final example of the chaos of a president who lacks his own agenda and is not interested in the legislative process.

After the House Democrats, who had long requested the larger payments, quickly passed an amendment tightening direct aid controls, McConnell decided to convert the measure into a vote to repeal Section 230, making the proposal for both Democrats and Democrats became uncomfortable for Republicans and was effectively killed.

During Friday’s floor debate, Senate Minority Chairman Charles E. Schumer and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Berated Republicans for putting an up or down vote on the sending of checks for 2,000 Avoided dollars. Schumer called it “the last chance” to take these measures and suggested that just days before the critical runoff elections in Georgia, there would be political clashes for the Republicans who could transfer control of the Senate to the Democrats. Voters “will know that Leader McConnell and Republicans” have blocked the push to put more money in people’s pockets, he said.

Republicans have set out their opposition to the proposal, arguing that the additional relief is not targeted enough to help the Americans who need it most.

Trump, who settled in the White House on Friday, attacked Thune on Twitter shortly after the Senator argued against the larger Senate facilitation controls, suggesting that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was becoming a staunch defender Rising up would become a primary challenge for Thune in 2022.

“She would do a fantastic job in the US Senate, but if not Kristi, others are already in the queue,” Trump tweeted. “South Dakota Wants Strong Leadership NOW!”

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of the few GOP lawmakers willing to criticize Trump during his presidency, told reporters she found it “very disheartening” that the president would be “Republicans versus Republicans” on New Year’s Day , and complained that such behavior on his part is hardly unexpected.

“He’s asked so many Republicans to take a loyalty test, and then when … there’s an incident, one [critical] Statement and he’s the first to throw these loyal people under the bus – that’s not loyalty as I know loyalty, ”said Murkowski.

The growing resentment between the president and some Republicans is a prologue to the ultimate, and perhaps ultimate, test of loyalty – the final ratification of the 2020 election results by Congress on January 6th.

After failing to undo his November defeat with dozens of unsubstantiated lawsuits or uncovering electoral fraud through recounts and audits, Trump has in recent days tried to pressure GOP allies to disregard the will of voters and declare him the winner.

A handful of Republicans in the House of Representatives and at least one Senator, Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri, have announced that they will officially contest the election results next week, forcing a debate and eventual vote in both houses over whether the results of the electoral college will be accepted former Vice President Joe Biden is said to have won.

With McConnell and other GOP lawmakers already recognizing Biden as president-elect and expressing their frustration with Hawley, it is far from certain that Trump’s final game will fail.

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