President Trump threatened again on Tuesday with a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the bill does not contain certain provisions, but the House is willing to enforce it with a veto-proof majority.
The President has called for the Defense Act to include provisions ending Section 230, allowing troop withdrawals, and preserving the names and existence of certain memorials and memorials – including military bases named after Confederate personalities.
"I hope the Republicans in the House will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that I'm going to VETO," Trump tweeted.
It must "contain a termination of section 230 (for purposes of national security), preserve our national monuments and allow 5G and (troop) reductions in foreign countries!" he added.
I hope the Republicans of the House will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that I will VETO. Must include termination of Section 230 (for national security purposes), preserve our national monuments, and enable 5G and troop reductions in foreign countries!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2020
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Trump calls for certain provisions in the Defense Act
President Trump has long called for the repeal of Section 230, which generally gives website publishers immunity from third-party content.
Big tech giants like Facebook and Twitter played an important role in suppressing information ahead of this year's election by censoring claims they believed to be false.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
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President Trump considers the manipulation of information by big tech to be so serious that he has incorporated the repeal of Section 230 into a national security bill.
"Section 230, a US gift to protect liability to" Big Tech "(the only companies in America that have it – Corporate Welfare!)," Trump tweeted last week, "is a serious threat for our national security and choice. " Integrity."
… ..If the very dangerous and unfair Section 230 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is not fully terminated, I will be forced to clearly review the bill when it is sent to the very nice Resolute counter. Take America back NOW. Thank you!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020
The bill would also require the Pentagon in three years' time to rename Confederate designated military bases and other properties and set up a commission to determine how those changes should be implemented.
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Trump calls on the Republicans to prevent a veto-proof majority
Trump's new call to gather House Republicans to vote against the bill could serve to prevent a veto being lifted for the first time during his term in office.
There is currently overwhelming support from both parties in both the House and Senate.
House Freedom Caucus will hold a press conference tonight on CapHill in support of Trump's threat to veto the annual defense bill. The press release stated that they "will also call Republicans in the House of Representatives who have announced they will be overriding the president's veto".
– Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 8, 2020
The House is due to take up the bill today and the Senate shortly afterwards.
In the original version of the bill, the Senate went well beyond the two-thirds mark by overriding a presidential veto while the House was just breaking that threshold.
Fox News reports that President Trump "vetoed eight measures during his tenure, but Congress never successfully overridden one of his vetoes."
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (D-WA) has said that Congress will override the veto.
"If the president vetoed it, we'll come back to vote to override it," threatened Smith.
"If it takes two-thirds to pass because the president is unreasonable, that's what we'll get."