Fort Drum soldiers getting pay raise as Congress overrides defense bill veto

Fort Drum soldiers getting pay raise as Congress overrides defense bill veto
Fort Drum soldiers (Source: WWNY)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - Fort Drum soldiers will be getting a pay raise. In addition, the local military post remains listed as the preferred site for an east coast missile defense installation.

That’s because the Senate voted on Friday to override President Trump’s veto of the defense policy bill.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, gives 3 percent pay raises for U.S. troops and authorizes more than $740 billion in military programs and construction.

The measure also includes the continued listing of Fort Drum as the preferred site for an east coast missile defense installation.

The final vote tally in the Senate was 81 to 13, with a two-thirds vote required to overturn the veto. The House has already voted to override Mr. Trump’s veto.

President Trump vetoed the NDAA Trump rejected the defense measure last week, saying it failed to limit social media companies he claimed were biased against him during his failed reelection campaign.

Mr. Trump also opposed language that allows for the renaming of military bases that honor Confederate leaders.

This is the first time Congress has voted to override a veto during the Trump presidency.

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