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Senate Sets Defense Bill Veto Override in Motion for Weekend

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 30. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks through the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 30. 

Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

The Senate moved Wednesday toward a vote to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740.5 billion defense policy bill, setting up a clash with the White House that may not culminate until the final hours before a new Congress begins on Sunday.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell was forced Wednesday to schedule a series of procedural votes because Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is delaying the process by demanding a separate vote on increasing pandemic stimulus payments to $2,000 from $600 for most Americans. That increase has been championed by Trump and Democrats, but many Republicans are opposed, and McConnell has refused to bring it up as a stand-alone bill.