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House Approves Defense Bill With Veto-Proof Majority

What Happened:

  • On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a Defense Bill with a veto-proof majority of 335-78.

  • President Trump opposed the bill and threatened to use his veto power if it passed, however, with such an overwhelming majority of the House in favor, the veto power is nullified.

  • The National Defense Authorization Act, as it's called, will head to the Senate next where it is also expected to pass with bipartisan support, however, it remains to be seen whether it will reach a veto-proof majority as it did in the House.

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy voted in favor of the bill but said that Republican House members would likely change their votes if the President vetoed the legislation after the Senate vote.

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raises for America's soldiers, modernizations of equipment and provisions and further review before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan.

  • Trump opposes the bill primarily because it doesn't repeal Section 230, a law which shields internet companies from being liable for what is posted on their websites and one which Trump feels should be eliminated.

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