Senate votes to override Trump defense bill veto; $663 million for Guam safe

The override was described as a "stinging rebuke" by members of Trump's own party since the Senate is controlled by the Republican Party. (US Senate video capture)

The Senate voted on Friday to override President Donald Trump’s veto on the defense spending bill in a rare New Year’s Day session.

The defense spending bill, also called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), calls for $740 billion in US Department of Defense spending, including more than half a billion dollars allotted for Guam.

The override was described as a “stinging rebuke” by members of Trump’s own party since the Senate is controlled by the Republican Party.

It represents the first time in President Trump’s term that a veto has been overturned and with such a high supermajority vote of 81-13.

The override means that $662.8 million in military spending for Guam will push through.

The National Defense Authorization Act 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.

Several top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted in favor of the override. Other notable senators who voted against the override included senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., 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.

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. (with Fox News)