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Bernie To Oppose McConnell’s Attempt to Override Trump’s Veto of Defense Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) intends to block the Senate’s attempt to override President Trump’s veto of the defense bill unless Mitch McConnell and Senate leadership agrees to hold a vote on the House passed legislation to boost direct payments to $2,000.

“This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year,” said the Vermont senator. “I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class.”

Sanders won’t be alone, Sen. Ed Markey also said that he intends to join Bernie “in blocking the defense bill until we get a vote on $2000 in direct cash relief.”

From GOP senators, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also has expressed his intention to prevent his colleagues from overriding President Trump’s veto.

“I very much am opposed to the Afghan war, and I’ve told them I’ll come back to try to prevent them from easily overriding the president’s veto,” Paul told reporters earlier in the month.

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