US Senate backs massive defense bill

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(VOVWORLD) - The US Senate on Friday threw its weight behind the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a 740-billion-USD bill setting policy for the Department of Defense, passing the bill with a margin large enough to overcome President Donald Trump’s promised veto.

The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate was 84 to 13, more than the two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member chamber needed to override a veto, a rare break between members of the president’s party in Congress and the White House.

The 13 ‘no’ votes were a mix of some of the most conservative Republicans and most liberal Democrats.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives backed the NDAA by 335 to 78 earlier this week, also more than the two-thirds majority needed. Senate passage sends it to Trump’s desk, weeks before he leaves office.