President Trump has vetoed the $740 billion defense spending bill under which Guam stands to gain $662.8 million in military spending.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed Congress earlier this month.
The NDAA includes about $662.8 million in funding for military construction on Guam. It also extends the H-2b labor authorization on Guam to civilian projects.
Earlier, Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas acknowledge that although he anticipated passage of the NDAA with strong bipartisan passage, “there have been some strong words coming out of the White House that there may be a veto.”
According to San Nicolas, President Trump has made it known that he will veto the NDAA unless language is included that will strip certain online media companies of certain protections.
Trump also opposes provisions in the bill that proposes renaming 10 military installations currently named after Confederate leaders.
In his veto message to the House, the President said: “The Act fails even to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, despite bipartisan calls for repealing that provision.
He added: “My Administration recognizes the importance of the Act to our national security. Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions. It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia.,” he added.
The presidential veto now sets up a potential override fight.
According to CNN, the House is set to reconvene for a vote on Dec. 28, with the Senate following on Dec. 29 if the House successfully overrides the veto.