The Senate handed President Donald Trump the first veto override of his presidency, passing the National Defense Authorization Act with a wide bipartisan majority over his objections.
Trump vetoed the defense legislation last week after lawmakers didn’t include an unrelated repeal of legal protections for social media companies. He also objected to a provision that would remove Confederate leaders names from military bases and limit troop withdrawals for Afghanistan and Europe.
The House voted to override the veto of the landmark defense bill by a wide vote on Monday.
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