Donald Trump suffered a new humiliation on Monday when more than a hundred Republicans joined the Democrats in the House of Representatives to veto the $741 billion defense bill he vetoed.
If, as expected, the Senate takes the same action later this week, this will be the first congressional condemnation of the presidency, with only three weeks left.
During the High Stakes Day on Capitol Hill, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives also voted to increase coronavirus relief to $2,000 per person. This is a step approved by Trump, but it is believed that progress in the Senate is impossible.
Trump is also dissatisfied that the legislation has not repealed Article 230 of the Communications Standards Act, which protects high-tech companies from legal liability for content posted by their users. The president accused Facebook and Twitter of political bias against him.
After Joe Biden’s election defeat, his opposition became the latest test of loyalty to Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that despite his support for the original bill, he would still not vote to veto Trump’s veto power. The bill passed both houses of Congress with strong support from both parties.
But this is not enough. On Monday, about 109 Republicans broke away from Trump and joined Democrats to support the bill. The final number of votes of 322-87 easily exceeded the two-thirds threshold required for the veto.
Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Arms Committee, urged colleagues who supported the bill earlier this month to support the bill again. He said: “This is the exact same bill, the comma has not changed.” “I only ask that the best interests of the country be put first when members vote. There are no other important considerations.”
Committee Chair Democrat Adam Smith said: “It is very important to pass this bill. We did it once. Let us do it again, and then we can go home for a year. We can do it, we can do it for We are proud of what we have achieved.”
The bill is expected to be submitted to the Republican-controlled Senate later this week. If passed by a two-thirds majority, it will become law. Trump has exercised his veto nine times during his presidency, but this will be the first veto by Congress.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, expressed gratitude to Trump’s “dangerous sabotage” for the defeat. She said: “The president must end his eleven-hour chaotic campaign and stop using his last moments in the office to obstruct bipartisan and bicameral operations to protect our military and defend our security.”
But the militants showed no comfort in the Republican contempt. Mary Small, the indivisible acting director of national policy, said: “This is nothing to celebrate. It is sad and infuriating that the only time Republicans have united and condemned Trump for pursuing excessive militarization. His foreign policy and budget swollen defense budget, not any other cruel acts of terror and undermining democracy.”
Trump turned a blind eye to Republicans again last week, when he initially refused to sign a $2.3 billion government fund and coronavirus relief plan that took months in Congress to negotiate. In the end, he relaxed his attitude at the Mar-a-Lago manor in Florida on Sunday night and avoided a government shutdown.
Trump demanded that the cost of direct stimulus to American citizens be increased to $2,000 instead of the agreed-upon $600. On Monday, the House of Representatives voted 275 to 134 in favor of the higher number of votes. A total of 44 Republicans joined the Democrats. But it is not yet certain whether it will be accepted by the Senate, and many Republicans will once again fall into a state of anxiety over Trump.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said: “The House of Representatives has passed a direct payment of $2,000 to workers. Now is the time for the Senate to take action. At the Senate meeting this week, Mitch McConnell ( Mitch McConnell) hopes to vote against Trump’s veto to veto the US$740 billion defense funding bill, and then spend the new year. I will oppose it until we vote on the legislation and pay the working class US$2,000 directly.
Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, added: “Let me be clear: If Senator McConnell does not agree to increase or decrease votes and provide our workers with a direct payment of $2,000, Congress will not Attend home on New Year’s Eve. Let’s work hard.”