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The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to override US President Donald Trump’s veto of a defence policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the first veto override of his presidency.

House members voted 322-87 on Monday to override the veto, well above the two-thirds needed. The Senate, which is expected to vote on the override this week, also needs to approve it by a two-thirds majority.

Trump rejected the defence bill last week, saying it failed to limit social media companies he claims were biased against him during his re-election campaign. Trump also opposes language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honour Confederate leaders.

The defence bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, affirms 3% pay raises for U.S. troops and authorizes more than $740bn (€604bn) in military programs and construction.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the vote that the House had done its part to ensure the NDAA becomes law “despite the president’s dangerous sabotage efforts.”

Trump’s “reckless veto would have denied our service members hazard-duty pay,” removed key protections for global peace and security and ”undermined our nation’s values and work to combat racism, by blocking overwhelmingly bipartisan action to rename military bases,” Pelosi said.

Senator Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the bill “absolutely vital to our national security and our troops,” adding: “Our men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform shouldn’t be denied what they need — ever.”

(Euronews)

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