House Votes To Override Trump’s National Defense Authorization Act Veto

Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Henry Rodgers Chief National Correspondent
Font Size:

The House of Representatives voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), making it the first time the House has overridden a veto from Trump.

In a 322-87 vote, the House voted to override Trump’s veto. The NDAA, for the fiscal year 2021, passed both the House and the Senate but was vetoed by Trump on Dec. 23. Trump said that the NDAA “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.”

Trump said it would be a “‘gift’ to China and Russia.”

Several of Trump’s allies broke with him on the House floor, voting against the president’s veto, such as Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson, Tennessee Republican Rep. Mark Green, Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, Mississippi Republican Rep. Trent Kelly, Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, and Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not vote, but previously said he would not vote to override the president.

Meanwhile, other Trump allies such as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, and others voted against the NDAA veto override, in favor of the president.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during an Operation Warp Speed vaccine summit at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Photographer: Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trump also said that the NDAA “fails even to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act” and “includes language that would require the renaming of certain military installations.” Trump said Section 230 must be repealed. (RELATED: Trump Vetoes National Defense Authorization Act At The Eleventh Hour Before Heading To Florida For Christmas)

“Section 230 facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which is a serious threat to our national security and election integrity,” Trump wrote Wednesday. “It must be repealed.” (RELATED: Trump Threatens To Veto Defense Authorization Act Unless It Fully Terminates Section 230)

The Senate will now have to vote on the override of the president’s veto.