The veto by the defeated and soon to be ex-president was just another example of too much, too far, even for his supporters in the Senate and House. They delivered what is the latest in a string of overwhelming defeats of a lame-duck president.
“A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction,” the Justice Department argues.
The refusal of McConnell to act on Trump’s demand for a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks to most Americans showcases just how much power and control is missing now for the soon to be ex-president.
The Speaker is a strong vote counter who usually had a handle of just how much support she has and does not to keep her job as leader in the House.
Howley will play the useless foil of Trump’s last-chance attempt to overturn the will of voters from the Nov. 3 election, a final stunt of a dying presidency.
The angry soon to be ex-president in denial over his election loss tells Republicans to “get getter leaders.” The Senate is expected to follow the House and also override Trump’s veto of the defense policy bill.
The blockage comes in a week when the House approved the increased payment and overrode Trump’s veto of a key defense policy and spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit on the override.
Republicans have joined Democrats in delivering the first override of one of Trump’s vetos. It was the first and probably the last before he becomes a has-been on Jan. 20.
Lots of irony here. A demand by the controversial outgoing president gets help from a Democratic controlled House to pass his demand that stimulus payments be raised from $600 to $2,000 per person and the final decision rests with the GOP-controlled Senate.
While the increase of direct payments to $2,000 per person could pass the House, it is certain to die in the Senate. An angry Congress, however, is also certain to override Trump’s veto on the defense policy bill, another rebuke for the lame-duck president.