U.S. House of Representatives overrides Trump’s veto of defense bill
House of Representatives rejects president’s veto on budget bill
The document has been sent for voting to the Senate
The House of Representatives garnered enough votes to override President Trump’s veto on the $ 741 billion defense bill. This is the first such decision by Congress in 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: the renaming of military installations in honor of Confederate generals; limiting the ability to withdraw American troops from Germany, South Korea and Afghanistan; abolition 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 strives to preserve the names of military installations bearing the names of Confederate generals, and because of this will not sign the defense bill – for the first time in six decades – then he will be on the wrong side of history, the newspaper notes. «Washington Post».
Lawmakers also called on Trump to drop his insistence on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which exempts tech 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 tech companies are biased towards conservative advocates.
Democrats and most Republicans in Congress agree that Section 230 needs to be revised. They note that it should be considered in more detail for amendments, rather than included in the defense bill..
Speaking before the vote, leading Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, Mc Thornberry, called on party members to support the defense bill.
«This is exactly the same bill, not a single comma has changed», – he stated.
Committee Chairman Adam Smith Says Defense Bill Provides A Rare Opportunity For Congress To End The Year With Dignity.
«We created a bipartisan, bicameral document that received the overwhelming majority 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.
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Natalka Pisnya (real name and surname). Journalist, specialization – Russian investigation, economics, domestic and international American politics, relations between the United States, Ukraine and Russia. She worked in the Washington bureau of the BBC, headed the American bureau of the Ukrainian television company 1 + 1, covered 2 Ukrainian revolutions, worked in the East of Ukraine, collaborated with Ukrainian television channels TVi, “Channel 5”, ICTV, weekly “Mirror of the Week” and web portal “New time”. Came to journalism in 1997. On "Voice of America" – since 2018.