A Vote For More Defense Spending

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed by Congress and then vetoed by Trump…..this got the M-IC up in arms and pulled no punches to get the congressional override of the veto….and they succeeded.

There were a few brave representatives that think we spend way too damn much on the military and should reassign those funds where they are needed…..

The efforts by the industry that owns damn near all our elected officials was overwhelming…..

First it was the House of Representatives that voted to override…..

The House convened on Monday for an override vote of President Trump’s veto of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a vote of 322 to 87, the House secured well over the two-thirds majority needed for the override, and the bill now moves onto the Senate.

The Senate is expected to convene for the override vote on Tuesday. Before President Trump’s veto, the NDAA passed through the Senate by a vote of 84 to 13, well over the two-thirds majority needed for the override. But the bill could be delayed if a senator chooses to drag out procedural hurdles. If the vote is delayed past January 3rd, Congress will have to restart the NDAA from scratch.

There were a few brave reps that voted against the override…..

Just 20 House Democrats opted to break with their party and their Republican counterparts late Monday to vote against overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, a sprawling bill that greenlights over $740 billion in military spending for fiscal year 2021.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), one the few House Democrats who voted against overriding the president’s NDAA veto, applauded his colleagues for having “the courage tonight to vote no on the bloated defense budget.”

“They are changing the culture of endless war and calling for more investment instead in the American people,” said Khanna.

“We’re spending money on the modernization of nuclear weapons. And we can’t find money to get food in to people who need it?” Khanna said. “We can’t find money to get more rental assistance for folks who are going to face evictions? We can’t find money to get $2,000 into the pockets of Americans? The priorities are wrong, and so I’m not going to vote to override his veto.”

(commondreams.org)

For those interested in the people that voted against war and for as better society…..

Here are the 20 Democrats who voted against overriding Trump’s NDAA veto: Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Jesús García (Ill.), Jimmy Gomez (Calif.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Joe Kennedy (Mass.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Grace Meng (N.Y.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Mark Pocan (Wis.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

And the Senate follows suit….

the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a vote of 81 to 13, the Senate easily secured the two-thirds majority needed for the override.

Earlier this week, the House also voted to override the veto in a vote of 322 to 87. The votes mark the first time Congress rebukes one of President Trump’s vetoes with an override.

President Trump had several issues with the $740.5 billion military spending bill. Chief among them is the lack of an amendment to repeal Section 230, a law that shields tech companies from liability for content published on their platforms by third parties.

Another issue the president had is over amendments that seek to block planned troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and Germany. Another provision can block any future plans to withdraw troops from South Korea.

The senators who voted against the NDAA are Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Josh Hawley (R

(antiwar.com)

These people did what elected officials are suppose to do….they voted for the best interest of the people they represent.

I may not agree with some of the issues these reps hold dear….but I applaud their vote for the country and its people.

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4 thoughts on “A Vote For More Defense Spending

  1. I think it is high time they changed the name to ‘Offence Spending’. They have not had to actually defend the United States since 1865.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Perhaps Trump played it smart as he wanted the spending approved. By acting like he was against the bill the democrats did what they always do and passed the bill to give Trump a defeat. But since Trump wanted the spending all along he actually won. Well played Donald.

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