House rebukes Trump with vote to override veto of defense bill Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The United States House of Representatives voted on Monday evening to override President Donald J. Trump’s veto of an annual defense policy.

House members voted 322-87 to override Trump’s veto, a number that was well above the two-thirds needed.

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The defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization (NDA), has a 3 percent pay raises for U.S. troops, and authorizes more than $740 billion in military programs and construction.

Trump vetoed the bill last week, arguing that it failed to limit social media companies and allowed for the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders.

The veto triggered outrage and condemnation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “an act of staggering recklessness that harms our troops, endangers our security and undermines the will of the bipartisan Congress.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said it was important for Congress to continue its nearly six-decade-long streak of passing the defense policy bill.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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