In A First, Congress Overrides Trump Veto Of Defense Bill

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(AP) — Congress has overridden President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago.

In an extraordinary New Year’s Day session, the Republican-controlled Senate easily turned aside the veto, ensuring that the measure becomes law. Lawmakers dismissed Trump’s objections to the $740 billion bill and handed the president a stinging rebuke weeks before his term ends.

Trump rejected the defense measure last week, saying it failed to limit social media companies he claimed were biased against him. Trump also opposed language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders.

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