Could This be The First Time Congress Overrides Trump’s Veto?

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The House of Representatives is prepared to debate and vote on the final version of the defense spending bill. However, President Trump has made it clear he plans to veto the “weak” bill unless certain aspects of the proposed legislation are removed. The threat from trump sets the stage for an interesting veto override battle between the two. This could be the first case of Congress successfully overriding a veto from President Trump.

President Trump tweeted, “I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak NationalDefense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO. Must include a termination of Section 230 (for National Security purposes), preserve our National Monuments, & allow for 5G & troop reductions in foreign lands!”

President Trump first threatened to veto the bill because a specific provision in the bill to rename military bases named after past Confederate leaders. The President is also calling for the termination of Section 230 of the 1996 Communication Decency Act, the provision provides tech firms with a liability shield from lawsuits.  Big Tech firms have faced harsh criticism from the President and Republicans over the labeling of information as well as being biased towards Democrats.

Fox News reports:

Lawmakers from both parties have adamantly resisted including any provisions to end Section 230 in the defense measure.

The House passed the original version of the defense bill 295-125, a few notches above the two-thirds threshold. The Senate vote was 86-14, well above the two-thirds bar.

There are consequences for the military if Congress and the president fail to reach an agreement on the bill.

New training regimens cease. Also, members of the military won’t receive bonuses and hazard pay. Fox is told at least 100,000 members of the armed forces will see a reduction in pay.

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