Congress has overridden President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago. (Jan. 1)
JOSH HAWLEY: Are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their votes? Seeing none on this vote, the yeas are 81, the nays are 13, 2/3 of the senators voting-- a quorum being present-- having voted in the affirmative. The bill, on reconsideration, has passed, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Here's what the Senate is focused on-- completing the annual defense legislation that looks after our brave men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform. We've passed this legislation 59 years in a row, and one way or another, we're going to complete the 60th annual NDAA and pass it into law before this Congress concludes on Sunday.
It's a serious responsibility, but it's also a tremendous opportunity to direct our national security priorities to reflect the resolve of the American people and the evolving threats to their safety at home and abroad. It's our chance to recommit to research and development so that our 21st century military is equipped to outmatch any adversary. It's our chance to ensure we keep pace with competitors, like Russia and China.