President Trump vetoes defense policy bill; Stefanik will vote to override

President Trump vetoes defense policy bill; Stefanik will vote to override

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - President Donald Trump has vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency.

A spokeswoman for north country congresswoman Elise Stefanik said late Wednesday afternoon she will vote to override the president’s veto.

The bill affirms 3 percent pay raises for U.S. troops and authorizes more than $740 billion in military programs and construction.

Trump has offered a series of rationales for vetoing the bill. He has called for lawmakers to include limits on social media companies he claimed are biased against him.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is important to the north country specifically; when it passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, Stefanik hailed it as a victory for Fort Drum.

The bill included the continued listing of Drum as the preferred site for an east coast missile defense installation; a three percent pay raise for troops; adding Parkinsonism, bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism to the list of diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange; requiring reporting on the oversight of known environmental hazards in government-owned family housing, including overseas housing.

“As she has previously stated, Congresswoman Stefanik strongly supports delivering critical resources and funding to support our troops and military families at Fort Drum to protect our national security,” a spokeswoman for Stefanik said in an email Wednesday afternoon.

“She will vote to override the President’s veto of the FY21 NDAA when it comes to the floor of the House.”

It wasn’t clear Wednesday evening when the override vote will be attempted.

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