House Passes $733 Billion NDAA to Veto Threat, Uncertain Future

Major party battle expected in attempt to reconcile House and Senate bills

In a 220-197 vote early Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the $733 billion 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), setting the stage for multiple battles, including a party-line fight over reconciling House and Senate versions.

Senate leaders blocked a lot of similar amendments in their version of the NDAA, many of them seen as controversial to the Trump Administration. The House version included a lot of amendments, preemptively defunding an attack on Iran, defunding the Yemen War, and moving to repeal both the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs.

The tough language trying to see Congress reclaim its authority over wars is driving President Trump to threaten a veto if he ends up faced with the House version as the final bill. The House seems determined to stand up for at least some of these amendments.

And that’s where things could get very sticky. President Trump has tended to get around Congressional oversight with vetoes, but the House can hold up military funding, or even try to override the veto in this case. This could set the stage for an ugly standoff over military funding, and whether the president can in any way be reined in on issues of war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.