The House of Representatives has collected enough votes to override President Trump’s veto on the $ 741 billion defense bill. This is the first such decision by Congress during the entire term of Trump as president.
Trump repeatedly threatened to veto the bill last week when he sent the document back to Congress with a detailed list of objections. Complaints include: renaming military installations in honor of Confederate generals; limiting the ability to withdraw American troops from Germany, South Korea and Afghanistan; repeal of section 230 of the Law on the observance of the rules of decency in communications.
For weeks, many influential Republicans, especially in the Senate, have been working to get Trump to abandon his plan. They argued that if the president tries to keep the names of military installations bearing the names of Confederate generals and because of this does not sign the defense bill – for the first time in six decades – he will be on the wrong side of history, the Washington Post notes.
Lawmakers also called on Trump to drop his insistence on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which exempts technology companies including Alphabet Inc., Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc from liability for content posted by users on their platforms. Trump and many of his supporters believe that tech companies are biased towards conservative advocates.
Democrats and most Republicans in Congress agree that Section 230 needs revision. They point out that it should be considered in more detail for amendments, rather than included in the defense bill.
Speaking before the vote, a leading Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, called on party members to support the defense bill.
“This is exactly the same bill, not a single comma has changed,” he said.
Committee Chairman Adam Smith said the defense bill provided Congress with a rare opportunity to end the year with dignity.
“We created a bipartisan, bicameral document that received an overwhelming number of votes. Let’s show the American people that the legislative process is at least a little better than they think, ”said the congressman.
The bill has been sent to the Senate. If adopted by a two-thirds majority, it will become law. Voting may take place as early as Wednesday.