U.S. House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense authorization bill

By: and - December 29, 2020 10:13 am
US Rep. Mike Gallagher speaking at a podium

US Rep. Mike Gallagher Photo by Max Cozzi USGLC 4/2018 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday evening to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense spending bill, setting up the first veto override of Trump’s tenure. 

“The SolarWinds espionage campaign emphasized our vulnerabilities in cyberspace and underscored the pressing need for action,” said Gallagher. “Congress must work to make sure this never happens again, and the FY2021 NDAA takes concrete steps to help achieve this goal.

“While we are still learning about the scale of this campaign, what we do know is that many of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations included in this bill would have helped the government better respond to the hack.”

Gallagher was referencing the recent cybersecurity attack on several government agencies and private companies. U.S. officials suspect the attacks are linked to Russian hackers who breached network monitoring software by the Texas-based SolarWinds Corp.

Pocan did not put out a statement on his vote, but tweeted Tuesday that, “The American people need $2,000 more than the Pentagon needs a $740,000,000,000 budget.”

He has long opposed what he has described as an excessive defense budget. In July, when the House voted on a 10% cut to the defense budget, he stated, “A $740 billion defense budget is a failure. A $74 billion cut to the defense budget would have been a modest reduction to a bloated budget filled with administrative waste and Pentagon slush funds. The American people need Congress to make an investment in their needs — in healthcare, housing and education — not another quarter of a trillion dollar giveaway to defense contractors. Our fight to reprioritize our budget is far from over, and until the federal budget reflects the needs of the American people, we will keep fighting.”

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Laura Olson
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Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Wisconsin Examiner. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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