House Passes The Defense Bill That Trump Promised To Veto

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The House of Representatives Passed a $741 billion defense bill Tuesday evening despite President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to veto the legislation.

The bipartisan bill passed 335-78, receiving more than the two-thirds support necessary to override a presidential veto. The legislation authorizes a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops and requires the renaming of military bases named after Confederate figures.

Trump’s qualms with the bill, however, have little to do with the anything related to national defense. Instead, Trump has insisted that he would veto the bill if it did not terminate Section 230, which grants social media companies broad immunity from content published on their platforms.

“I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO,” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the president’s threat, multiple lawmakers touted the bill’s overwhelming, bipartisan passage. (RELATED: Trump Reaffirms Threat To Veto 2021 Defense Bill Over Section 230)

“Today the House sent a strong, bipartisan message to the American people: Our service members and national security are more important than politics,” said Washington Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee.

His comments were echoed by Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell, who said that “Today’s bipartisan vote affirms the importance of the NDAA for our military personnel and national security.”

If the bill passes with at least 67 votes in the Senate, then Trump could likely face the first veto override of his presidency.

Though some Republicans have said that they will work to override a possible Trump veto, including Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, others have spoken differently.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he would not vote to override a veto, saying that “Section 230 needs to get done,” according to The New York Times.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to pass it overwhelmingly in the coming days.

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