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Senate Approves Defense Bill With 81-13 Vote

What Happened:

  • On Friday, the Senate approved "The National Defense Authorization Act " with an overwhelming 81-13 vote margin. The Defense Bill, which was already approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday with a veto-proof majority of 335-78, will now be sent to President Trump for final approval.

  • President Trump previously opposed the bill and has threatened to use his veto power if it passed, however, with such an overwhelming majority in favor in both the House and Senate, his veto power is nullified unless politicians change their votes.

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raises for America's soldiers, modernizations of equipment and provisions and further review before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan.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