On Friday, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act in a bipartisan rebuke. This is the first time in four years the President has had a veto override.
Several top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., voted in favor of the override, which passed 81-13. The vote marked the first time in Trump’s presidency that one of his vetoes was overturned.
Notable senators who voted against the override included Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Rand Paul R-KY, Mike Lee- R-UT, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
President Trump vetoed the $740 billion military spending bill on Dec. 23, despite its passage with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate. The president warned that he would not approve the bill unless it contained language to repeal Section 230, a measure that protects social media firms from being liable for third-party posts on their platforms. Trump had asked the Senate to negotiate a better bill that included a full repeal of other version of Section 230.
Trump and his top GOP allies have accused tech firms, especially Facebook and Twitter, of censoring conservative viewpoints and demonstrating a bias in favor of President-elect Biden. The president also took issue with a provision in the NDAA that called for the renaming of military bases bearing the names of Confederate figures.
Trump tweeted this moment later:
The Senate approved the override days after the House overwhelmingly voted to overturn Trump’s veto. McConnell broke with Trump on the issue, declaring his support for passage of the NDAA and touting the bill as vital to U.S. security interests.
While opposing Trump’s veto, McConnell introduced a bill earlier this week which links the approval of $2,000 stimulus checks for Americans to a repeal of Section 230 and other provisions favored by Trump. Prominent Democrats have called on McConnell to hold a vote on the $2,000 checks as a standalone issue before Congress ends its current session.
President Trump had this to say:
According to Wikipedia, there are 10 major U.S. military bases named in honor of Confederate military leaders, all in former Confederate States:
- Camp Beauregard (1917), near Pineville, Louisiana, a Louisiana National Guard installation named for Louisiana native and Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.
- Fort Benning (1917), near Columbus, Georgia, named after Henry L. Benning, a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army.
- Fort Bragg (1918), in North Carolina, named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg.
- Fort Gordon (1917), near Grovetown, Georgia, named in honor of John Brown Gordon, who was a major general in the Confederate army.
- Fort A.P. Hill (1941), near Bowling Green, Virginia, named for Virginia native and Confederate Lieutenant General A. P. Hill.
- Fort Hood (1942), in Killeen, Texas, named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, who is best known for commanding the Texas Brigade during the American Civil War.
- Fort Lee (1917), in Prince George County, Virginia, named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
- Fort Pickett (1942), near Blackstone, Virginia, a Virginia National Guard installation named for Confederate General George Pickett.
- Fort Polk (1941), near Leesville, Louisiana, named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, an Episcopal Bishop and Confederate General.
- Fort Rucker (1942), in Dale County, Alabama, named for Edmund Rucker, a colonel appointed acting brigadier general in November 1864, but whose promotion went unconfirmed by the Confederate Congress (disbanded March 18, 1865).
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