The Pentagon’s budget was supported by the majority of Republicans, despite the view of President Trump, who threatened to exercise the veto power over the bill.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the U.S. defense budget bill for 2021 in the amount of 740 billion dollars. In turn, President Donald Trump promised to veto the bill, which ensures the functioning of the Pentagon and all agencies that are part of it.
For the adoption of the Defense Budget Act (National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA) voted 335 legislators, against – only 78. The bill received strong support from both Democrats and Republicans, and the preponderance of votes in support of the document is high enough to count on Congress to overcome the presidential veto.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week. Budget supporters hope Trump will reconsider its view if the bill is supported by a majority of Republican senators.
The NDAA defines the Pentagon’s budget in all aspects: from the number of ships and rifles to the salaries of military personnel and the fight against geopolitical threats. The law has been passed annually by an overwhelming majority in Congress for 59 consecutive years.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to use the veto power over the Defense Budget Bill. Recently, the president demanded that the document repeal section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which exempts technology companies including Alphabet Inc., Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. from liability for content posted by users on their platforms. Trump and many supporters believe that technology companies are biased against supporters of conservative ideas.
The president’s threats have been criticised by many lawmakers who believe that repealing the 230 section has nothing to do with defense and should not be part of the NDAA. Many said that the president’s fears about social media bias should not be a reason to block a bill that has 4500 pages and is of great importance to the Pentagon. McThornberry, the main Republican on the House Armed Forces Committee, also spoke in favor of the bill.
On Tuesday afternoon, the White House officially promised to exercise its veto power over the bill.
Although most Republicans in Congress supported Trump, some said they would vote to override the veto, even if that would reduce their Christmas vacation. If the Senate passes the bill, Trump will have 10 days to exercise his veto power. Otherwise, the bill will automatically become law.