But there he was for hours until the early hours of Tuesday morning. He didn’t have to do that, because it didn’t do anything but attract attention. Since there is not yet a presidential veto, there is nothing that Congress can vote on. You’re out now and won’t be back until after Christmas. Should Trump veto the NDAA, the House will return on December 28 and vote to override it.
The Senate has agreed to return on December 29th and start the countdown to its override vote. “My intention was and is to ensure that the Senate continues to honor our commitment to the men and women of our armed forces. I hope the president will not veto this bill,” McConnell said in the Senate early Tuesday. If he does, they’ll come back on the 29th and get the ball rolling. They may have to stay over the New Year if Paul continues to tip his windmill. It is possible that a final veto-override vote will not take place until January 3rd, the day the new Congress is sworn in.
If Paul manages to postpone it past noon on January 3rd, a Trump veto will remain as this Congress will then be dissolved. The new Congress would have to start over on the bill and wait for President Joe Biden to sign it. It would be the first time in 60 years that an NDAA has not been passed.