House Speaker says President Trump’s veto will be overridden by a second vote soon
U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed a $740 billion military budget bill Wednesday, despite strong support for the bill in Congress. This slightly increased the likelihood that the nation’s military budget, for the first time in 60 years, would not pass.
Trump said he vetoed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill because it “does not include critical measures [to enhance] national security, but includes provisions that disrespect our veterans and the history of our military, and is contrary to my administration’s efforts to put America, its national security and its foreign policy actions first in the world.”
“This is a gift to China and Russia,” Donald Trump said in a message to the House, referring to the bill before him for signature.
Although the president’s previous eight vetoes of various bills have been supported by Republican lawmakers, advisers believe the current veto is likely to be overridden by Congress before the current White House president’s term expires on Jan. 20.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said that the president’s veto compromises America’s “national values” and that it will be overcome by a congressional vote as early as next week, Dec. 28, thanks to strong bipartisan support.
“The president’s decision to veto this bipartisan legislation before he leaves is a serious threat to U.S. national security,” said Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. – It threatens the mission readiness and well-being of our troops and their families, as well as military construction projects, investments in innovation and technology, and other critical defense priorities. It also threatens Virginia’s economy, home to the Pentagon, the main headquarters of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as Norfolk Base, the largest naval base in the world.”