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Congress Overrides President Trump's Veto of Defense Bill

What Happened:

  • On Friday, the Senate agreed with the House and voted 81-13 to override President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. House lawmakers had voted 322-87 to override the veto on Monday. This is the first Congressional veto override since Trump took office.

  • The override is not surprising as the bill passed in both the Senate and the House with an overwhelming majority before it was sent to Trump.

  • President Trump vetoed the Defense Bill nine days ago saying it was a "gift" to US adversaries. Trump had warned that he would veto the bill if it did not repeal Section 230, a law which shields internet companies from being liable for what is posted on their websites.

  • Trump, aware that his veto was likely to be overridden by Congress, declared the vote a "disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech."

  • The $740 billion bill includes raises for America's soldiers, modernizations of equipment and provisions and further review before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan.

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