Parliament voted on Monday to lift President Donald Trump’s veto of a comprehensive defense bill of $ 740 billion that had previously been passed with a veto-proof majority in both houses of Congress.
Though some Republicans sided with the president, the 322-87 vote was a rare bipartisan reprimand from Trump’s agenda during his final days in office. It took 288 votes for the House to lift the veto. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday, with a two-thirds majority also required to support the lifting of the veto to ensure wage increases for troops and ensure training programs can continue.
Trump had vetoed the law known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for failing to repeal Section 230, a law that protects private internet companies from liability for what users post on their websites and this allows you to remove or restrict content at your own discretion. In a public message to Congress last week, he said the law “facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which poses a serious threat to our national security and electoral integrity.”
But Trump’s focus on Section 230 appears to be personal: he recently argued with Twitter over the decision to put warnings on his false tweets about widespread electoral fraud and limit their engagement. The company has also suggested that Trump could be banned from the platform once he is no longer in office.
Trump also questioned provisions in the bill requiring the military to rename facilities named after numbers in Confederate history that limit the amount of defense resources that could be used to build its border wall between the US and Mexico and troops from Afghanistan, Germany and South Korea must also monitor the withdrawal of facilities.
“Unfortunately,” Trump wrote, “the bill does not contain critical national security measures, contains provisions that our veterans and our military history disregard, and contradicts my administration’s efforts to put America first in our national security and foreign policies to put. ” It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia. ”
The NDAA, which sets the defense priorities for the nation and distributes resources to U.S. forces, has been passed annually for 59 years. The House had previously passed Law 335-78, and the Senate had passed it 84-13, both above the two-thirds threshold required to override a veto.
Trump’s veto of the bill – one of nine during his presidency – pitted members of his own party against each other. Before Monday, Congress had not successfully overridden any of its vetoes.
Kevin McCarthy, the minority chairman of the House of Representatives who previously voted for the bill, and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced their intention to oppose the veto waiver before the vote on Monday. But others, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, signaled that they would override the veto. Thornberry, though not directly referring to Trump, told his GOP colleagues in a note received from Politico to “ignore distortions or misrepresentations” of the bill and distributed leaflets about the bill’s provisions the president was dealing with.
“Your decision should be based on the oath we have all taken, which was more in line with the constitution than any person or organization,” he reportedly said.
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