Senate passes defense bill, setting up Trump veto fight

Senate passes defense bill, setting up Trump veto fight

BY JORDAIN CARNEY – 12/11/20 01:30 PM EST 5,3062,603

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The Senate passed a mammoth defense policy bill on Friday, setting up a veto showdown with President Trump.

Senators overwhelmingly supported the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in an 84-13 vote, approving it with more than the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a potential veto from President Trump, who opposes the legislation on two points. 

The bill already passed the House this week in a 355-78 vote, meaning it now goes to Trump, where he’ll have to decide if he is going to follow through with his veto threat despite bipartisan opposition. 

Top Republicans touted the bill ahead of Friday, underscoring the division between the president and congressional Republican leaders. 

“It does not contain every policy that either side would like to pass, but a huge number of crucial policies are included and a lot of bad ideas were kept out. So I would encourage all our colleagues to vote to advance this must-pass bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 

Trump has homed in on two issues. One is his months-lo

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