McConnell Urges Trump not to Veto Defense Bill, Sets Up Override Effort
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called on President Trump not to fulfill his threat to veto the recently passed US $ 740 billion national defense bill and to initiate a veto-override on December 29 if he did does this.
The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill earlier this month 84-13, despite the president's threats to veto laws that did not repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provide legal guarantees for big tech Company offers.
McConnell was planning a veto override on December 29 if Trump vetoed the legislation, according to CSPAN producer Craig Caplan, who tweeted in the Senate early Tuesday about the Senate majority leader's statements.
"The Democratic Leader [Sen. Charles Schumer] and I agreed to a unanimous request as follows: The Senate will only meet for pro forma sessions until December 29th when we return to the session, ”McConnell said in the Senate early Tuesday, hours after the $ 900 billion pandemic was over, relief legislation.
"If the president vetoed the bill and the House voted to override the veto (December 28), the Senate would have the option to process the veto override at that point," he added .
The Senate vote significantly exceeded two-thirds demand to overturn a potential veto, although Republicans could be divided should Trump enforce his threat of veto, warned Senator John Thune (R., S.D.).
Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) Expressed concern about a measure in the bill regarding future withdrawals of US troops from Afghanistan, saying he feared the language would "create 535 commanders in chief" and hamper the president's ability to Deploy troops as he deems necessary.
"I am very much against the Afghan war and have told them that I will come back to prevent them from easily overriding the presidential veto," Paul said on Monday, according to The Hill.
Paul is against the establishment of "pro forma meetings", which makes a possible override difficult.
However, Caplan said that while McConnell was discussing the waiver, "sat in the Senate but had no objection to unanimous approval of the NDAA".
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