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The House of Representatives will return Monday to vote to override President Trump’s veto of the mammoth defense bill — marking the first time the commander-in-chief will be overridden by Congress.
Lawmakers are widely expected to override the 45th president for the first time since he entered office, with congressional Republicans largely standing behind the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in opposition to Trump, who objected to the legislation not including language repealing Section 230.
That section of the Communications Decency Act provides a legal shield to tech companies for content on their websites by users.
Trump has said social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook should lose protection because they are not politically neutral forums.
Trump vetoed the NDAA, which passed the House 335-78 and the Senate 84-13, last week.
In response, many of the president’s closest allies have opted to stand by the bill, largely because many lawmakers don’t want to be a part of the first Congress in 60 years to not push it forward.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned Trump’s veto as “an act of staggering recklessness,” pledging that her Congress would “take up the veto override with bipartisan support.”
While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) supports the president’s veto, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a member of House GOP leadership, will vote along with dozens of Republican colleagues in favor of the override.
After the House votes Monday, the matter will be brought to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reached a deal with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to override the veto.
In the GOP-held Senate, the measure passed with far more support than the two-thirds threshold needed to override the president’s veto, and that’s exactly what McConnell said he planned to do.
Speaking on the Senate floor last week, McConnell cautioned the president against vetoing the measure, saying, “My intention was and is to ensure the Senate continues fulfilling our obligation to the men and women of our armed forces. I hope the president will not veto this bill.”
Over the course of his presidency, Trump has issued nine vetoes, including this defense bill. Congress has been unable to override any of the previous eight.
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