McConnell Backs Defense Bill Despite Trump’s Veto Vow

The Washington Examiner reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday called on senators to vote for a defense policy bill President Trump has pledged to veto. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the measure is essential for the military to function in the coming year. A vote is expected for later on Thursday.

“On Tuesday, the House passed the conference report with overwhelming bipartisan support,” McConnell said Thursday. “Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to make it an unbroken, 60-year streak of passing this legislation to keep our military strong and our homeland safe.”

Forty members of the House Freedom Caucus voted against the compromise bill. Earlier today House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who voted for the bill, said he will support Trump’s promised veto.