Lawmakers on Monday will seek to override President Donald Trump’s recent veto of a $740 billion Defense bill.
If successful, that would be the first veto override of Trump’s presidency.
Trump - who's spent the last few days golfing at his private club in West Palm Beach - said he vetoed the bipartisan defense policy bill, which has passed every year since 1961, because he did not want to rename military bases that are currently named for Confederate generals and he wanted an unrelated item that would eliminate liability protections for social media companies to be added to the bill. It wasn't.
The NDAA – as it’s known - determines everything from how many ships are bought to soldiers’ pay to how to address geopolitical threats.
With less than a month left in office, Trump is angry that some Republicans have acknowledged his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election.
Which may also help explain why, at the last minute, Trump demanded dramatic changes to a $2.3 trillion package that funds the federal government and provides nearly $900 billion in coronavirus aid, including much larger stimulus checks to Americans
But then he signed the bill- as is - on Sunday.
Despite that, Democratic lawmakers in the House who have long wanted $2,000 relief checks, hope to use a rare point of agreement with Trump to advance the proposal in a vote on Monday. But Many of Trump’s fellow Republicans, who control the Senate, oppose the effort, and Trump may not have the influence to budge them.