EP 2234-9AM Republicans Join Pelosi To Pass “Veto-Proof” NDAA Bill; Protecting Big Tech
Republicans Join Pelosi, Work With Dems To Pass ‘Veto-Proof’ Bill 335-78 That Trump Is Against And Threatened to Veto Spending Bill
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The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted 335-78 on Tuesday to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes a must-pass $740 million budget for defense spending.
The bill passed with enough support to reach the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.
But it remains unclear whether the same number of Republicans would vote to override a presidential veto.
The bill also provides a pay raise for troops and would give paid parental leave for federal employees.
The bill will also require Confederate names to be stripped from American military bases.
“Today, the House sent a strong, bipartisan message to the American people: Our service members and our national security are more important than politics,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “The House has proven we are capable of legislating and reaching a compromise that results in good policy outcomes.”
The Senate is set to vote on the bill in the coming days. The bill would then go to President Donald Trump for him to sign it into law.
However, Trump has made repeated threats to veto the NDAA after Congress declined to cater to his wishes with the legislation.
In the summer, Trump threatened to sink the bill over efforts to rename military bases that honor Confederate leaders. The NDAA was passed by the House and Senate with measures to plan for the renaming of several Army bases.
Trump more recently threatened to veto the NDAA over the repeal of legal liability protections for social media companies, which the final NDAA also does not include.
Some Republicans backed the idea, though they said it falls out of the jurisdictions of military policy, and reining in technology companies should be its own legislation.
“For members considering to vote ‘no’ because of this issue, ask yourself, do you think you’ll get a better bill in two months?” said Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “The answer is ‘no’.”
The defense bill also puts restrictions on Trump’s planned withdrawal of troops from Germany and Afghanistan.
The NDAA authorizes a 3% pay raise for troops and slightly increases hazardous duty pay.
It also includes $2.2 billion for the Pentagon to begin a Pacific Deterrence Initiative in an effort to check growing Chinese military power in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Schizophrenic”: Mitch McConnell UNLEASHES On Speaker Pelosi on Senate Floor
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On Wednesday during a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unleashed on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as she continues to block COVID-19 funding.
The comments from McConnell also come after Pelosi admitted that she purposely blocked COVID funding and wouldn’t agree to a smaller bill unless Joe Biden is in office.
The Daily Caller reports:
McConnell explained, during a floor speech Wednesday, the efforts and offers Republicans have made to try and get a relief bill passed. Pelosi said Friday she would accept a coronavirus stimulus package after months of stalled negotiations, however, she declined a $916 billion coronavirus relief proposal that was offered by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and supported by President Trump.
The relief proposal would have given $600 direct payment for individuals and $1,200 for couples, according to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. McConnell ripped Pelosi for refusing the offer and other offers throughout the ongoing pandemic.
“In September, we tried something else — a targeted effort to send hundreds of billions of dollars for the PPP, vaccine development, and other priorities. Every Democrat voted to block us from even debating it. And they did it a second time in October. Last week, after speaking with the Administration, I made yet another overture. The Democratic Leader said no thanks,” McConnell started.
“And just yesterday, the Speaker and the Democratic Leader brushed off two different overtures in the space of about two hours! I suggested that both sides drop what seem to be the most controversial demand in the eyes of our counterparts. Democrats continue to oppose common-sense legal protections that university presidents have been begging for and Republicans see no need to send huge sums of money to state and local governments whose tax revenues have actually gone up,” McConnell said.
“Negotiating 101 suggests we set those two controversial pieces aside and plow ahead with the huge pile of things that we agree on. But that would require both sides to truly want an outcome. Just hours after Democrats poured cold water on that, Secretary Mnuchin tried another new tack, and sent over an offer. In a bizarre and schizophrenic press release, the Speaker and the Leader said the Administration was “obstruct[ing]” negotiations… by negotiating,” he added.
The Daily Caller continues:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed House Democrats for prioritizing the legalization of marijuana over relief Thursday for COVID-19.
Democrats in the House blocked a Republican-led move to reconsider a coronavirus relief bill Thursday. It was the 40th time Democrats blocked a package of Republican stimulus bills from passing the House.
Pelosi has continued to refuse offers from the White House and has pushed for a stimulus exceeding $2 trillion.
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