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House GOP Fires Back at Trump’s Threats to Veto Military Spending Bill
Republicans in Congress overseeing the budget for the military clashed with President Donald Trump Tuesday, hours before the chamber was expected to pass the legislation by a wide margin.

"NOT ENACTING NDAA WILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES," read an email sent from Republicans in the House Armed Services Committee, led by Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, in a clear shot at Trump on Tuesday morning. Trump had encouraged Republicans to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act and threatened to veto it if it passes. He objects to Section 230 which protects social media companies from legal action as a result of content on their platforms. Analysts see his objection as motivated by his feud with Twitter for flagging some of the president's unfounded claims about the outcome of last month's election.

Thornberry has heavily criticized the president in recent days for threatening to upend the broadly bipartisan bill.

The email included media reports outlining the dramatic effect of not passing a budget for the military for the first time in 59 years, including dashing an expected pay raise for troops, hampering the response to COVID, blocking healthcare for National Guard forces who contributed to the coronavirus response and sidelining essential security upgrades for military bases.

And it came moments after an incendiary tweet from Trump.

"I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about the bill, which also includes provisions that the Defense Department must rename Army bases that are named for Confederate generals – something Trump has vowed he would oppose. ... "The president has raised an issue that is not directly related to the NDAA. It's not in the bill," Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters on Monday. "He did not raise the issue until the end of November when we were literally almost a year into the process." "He may as well veto every single bill that ever gets passed because it didn't have something in it that he wanted. There was no justification for the veto," Smith said.

The Arizona GOP asks supporters if they're willing to die to overturn Trump's election loss
  • A bizarre tweet from the official account of the Arizona Republican Party on Monday asked if supporters would sacrifice their lives for President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
  • The official account quote tweeted a "Stop the Steal" right-wing activist who said he is "willing to give up my life for this fight," and the Arizona GOP responded with "He is. Are you?"
  • This account has made erratic tweets in the past, but Monday's call for risking lives to oppose the election result marks a significant departure from the norms observed by official communication arms for the major parties.
... "Live a life of service to a cause greater than yourself," the party tweeted on Tuesday.

In a now-deleted tweet from Monday, the party also posted a movie scene from "Rambo" featuring the quote: "This is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something," according to reporting from The Arizona Republic.

The Supreme Court has rejected Republicans' request to overturn Biden's Pennsylvania win
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request from a number of Republican officials to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania.
  • The case was brought by US Rep. Mike Kelly and a number of GOP state legislators and asked the Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania's certification of its election results.
  • The high court's rejection Tuesday adds to a long list of defeats for President Donald Trump's and his allies' ongoing efforts to throw out the results of the 2020 election.
  • The decision will likely be particularly bruising for the president, who has often indicated that he expected the Supreme Court, on which three justices are Trump appointees, to deliver him a favorable outcome.

Trump could be facing his first veto override right before he leaves the White House
  • President Donald Trump may be facing his first congressional veto override in the final days of his presidency.
  • An overwhelming majority of lawmakers from the Democratic-controlled House supported a defense bill in a 335-78 vote, which exceeds the two-thirds majority needed to slap down a potential veto from Trump.
  • Numerous House Republicans have voiced support of overriding a Trump veto, including his staunchest allies who have urged the president to fund the military.
"We should override," Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said to reporters, referring to how lawmakers should respond if Trump chooses to veto the military funding bill.

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee also said "we will come back to vote to override."

"There's no question about it," Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said to Politico. "There's no question about it. And so obviously, I would have to do what I could to override a veto."

Meanwhile, some conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus, such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, came out in support of Trump and said they would not support overriding a veto.

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