House votes tonight on bill vital to Fort Drum, north country

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - The House of Representatives is expected to vote Monday evening to over-ride President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The NDAA, as it’s called, is vitally important to the military. It sets defense policy and spending, and this year has a three percent raise for the troops.

The $740 billion measure includes funding for jobs, military bases and weapons systems.

The Hill reported troops could lose out on special pay and bonuses without the NDAA.

North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a close ally of President Trump, has said she will vote to over-ride Trump’s veto.

The president vetoed the bill for two reasons - for one, because it does not remove certain protections social media companies like Facebook and Twitter now have. Trump and some other conservatives believe social media companies are censoring conservative viewpoints. The president is also opposed to efforts to rename military bases to remove the names of Confederate leaders and soldiers.

The Senate is back in session Tuesday to consider over-riding President Trump’s veto. (An over-ride has to pass by a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.) Given the popularity of the NDAA in congress - it has passed for close to 60 straight years - it appeared likely Monday there were enough votes to over-ride President Trump’s veto in both the House and Senate.

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