WASHINGTON — The House voted on Monday to override President Trump’s veto of the annual army coverage invoice, mustering bipartisan assist to enact the laws over the president’s objections and handing him a uncommon legislative rebuke within the remaining days of his presidency.
The 322-to-87 vote is the primary time a chamber of Congress has agreed to override one of Mr. Trump’s vetoes, underscoring the sweeping reputation of the army laws, which authorizes a pay elevate for the nation’s troops. It additionally amounted to a outstanding reprimand over the president’s choice to flout one of his get together’s key orthodoxies — projecting army power — from Republicans who’ve been reluctant to problem Mr. Trump throughout his 4 years in workplace.
The margin surpassed the two-thirds majority wanted to pressure enactment of the invoice over Mr. Trump’s objections. The Senate, which should additionally get approval from two-thirds of its chamber, will take up the laws later within the week.
But makes an attempt to shortly go it within the Senate may very well be difficult by Senator Bernie Sanders, unbiased of Vermont, who mentioned on Monday that he would delay consideration of the army invoice except lawmakers voted on a separate invoice — one that will improve the scale of particular person stimulus checks to $2,000.
The House on Monday handed its personal invoice that will elevate direct stimulus funds to $2,000 from the $600 included within the coronavirus reduction bundle that Mr. Trump signed into legislation on Sunday. That prompted a number of senators, together with Mr. Sanders and Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, to name for the same vote within the Senate.
In an interview on Monday night, Mr. Sanders mentioned that he deliberate to block an try on Tuesday by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the bulk chief, to expedite consideration of the army coverage invoice, except Mr. McConnell dedicated to placing the larger reduction checks on the ground for a vote. That might pressure lawmakers to keep in Washington by way of New Year’s Day to advance the veto override.
“Millions of families in America today are desperate, and the Senate has got to do its job by having a vote,” Mr. Sanders mentioned.
Congress has succeeded in passing the army invoice annually for 60 years, with lawmakers relishing the chance to assert their assist for nationwide safety and convey house wins to their constituents.
But Mr. Trump, making good on a monthslong sequence of threats, vetoed the bipartisan laws on Wednesday, citing a shifting checklist of causes together with his objection to a provision directing the army to strip the names of Confederate leaders from bases. He additionally demanded that the invoice embody the repeal of a authorized defend for social media corporations that he has tangled with, a major legislative change that Republicans and Democrats alike have mentioned is irrelevant to a invoice that dictates army coverage.
Senior lawmakers shepherding the laws had hoped that mustering a veto-proof majority in favor of it could cow Mr. Trump into signing the invoice. Their willingness to mow over Mr. Trump’s objections to advance the measure was a stark departure from the deference the president has usually obtained on Capitol Hill.
The final time Congress overrode a presidential veto was in 2016, the ultimate yr of Barack Obama’s presidency, after he vetoed laws permitting households of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults to sue the federal government of Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers have tried — however failed — to override Mr. Trump’s vetoes of laws slicing off arms gross sales to Saudi Arabia and different Persian Gulf nations, and a doomed try to overturn his emergency declaration on the southwestern border.
On no different concern have Republicans been extra prepared to break from the president than on issues of nationwide safety, however these expressions of defiance have hardly ever amounted to something greater than symbolic declarations. It certainly didn’t assist the president that the override vote got here days after he scathingly criticized the $900 billion coronavirus reduction deal that Republican lawmakers voted for, leaving some in his personal get together to complain that he had thrown them underneath the bus.
“Today the House reiterated — in a resounding, bipartisan way — that our service members and national security are more important than politics,” mentioned Representative Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “By overriding the president’s veto, the House prioritized compromise and sound policy over legislative nihilism and blind political loyalty.”
Included within the army coverage invoice are a quantity of bipartisan measures, together with new advantages for tens of 1000’s of Vietnam-era veterans who had been uncovered to Agent Orange, a 3 % improve in pay for service members and a lift in hazardous obligation incentive pay.
It would additionally take steps to sluggish or block Mr. Trump’s deliberate drawdown of American troops from Germany and Afghanistan, and would make it tougher for the president to deploy army personnel to the southern border.
The laws additionally immediately addresses the protests for racial justice spurred over the summer season by the killing of Black Americans, together with George Floyd, by the hands of the police. It would require all federal officers imposing crowd management at protests and demonstrations to determine themselves and their businesses. And it comprises the bipartisan measure that directs the Pentagon to start the method of renaming army bases named after Confederate leaders, a provision that Democrats fought to hold within the invoice.