Senate decision is seen as a major setback for Donald Trump that the Senate passed the Defense Bill in the name of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Washington: The US Congress Upper House Senate has rejected President Donald Trump’s veto on the 2021 national defense bill. On Friday, more than two-thirds of the Senate members supported the bill and rejected Trump’s veto.
The Senate decision is seen as a major setback for Mr. Trump that the Senate passed the Defense Bill in the name of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with a margin of 81–13.
On December 23, the US President declared a veto on the bill. The US House of Representatives on Monday passed a $ 740 billion defense bill by a margin of 322.87. The House of Representatives sent the bill to the Republican-majority Senate for consideration.
Only through this bill will the next one year be spent on US defense policy.
Donald Trump opposes some provisions of the bill
Donald Trump, who is due to step down in just a few weeks, opposed some provisions of the bill. He opposes policies that limit the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Europe.
The NDAA also has a provision to ban the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and to take action against Turkey on the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system. Importantly, the president’s signature on a bill passed by the US Congress to the law is required.
In some exceptional circumstances, the President does not sign or veto the bill. There are differences in such policy-making matters. But two-thirds of the members of both houses can pass the bill by a majority.