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

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The Senate voted Friday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

In a 81-13 vote, the Senate voted to override Trump’s veto. The bill needed 60 yes votes in order to pass. 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.”

The House passed the bill to override Trump’s veto Tuesday in a  322-87 vote. (RELATED: House Votes To Override Trump’s National Defense Authorization Act Veto)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Thirteen Senators voted no on the override, including Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Here is a list of the thirteen Senators who voted no: 

  • Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun
  • Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton
  • Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
  • Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley
  • Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy
  • Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee
  • Democratic Massachusets Sen. Ed Markey
  • Democratic Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley
  • Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
  • Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Democratic Massachusets Sen. Warren
  • Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden

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 Trump said Section 230 must be repealed.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 “It must be repealed.”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)

This was the first time the Senate voted on overriding a Trump veto.