- Donald Trump vetoed the 740 billion National Defense Funding Act (NDAA)
- The outgoing US president offered several reasons. It was, among other things, to obtain concessions protecting Facebook and Twitter from criminal liability or to reduce the expenses of building a wall on the border with Mexico.
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During an extraordinary New Year’s meeting, the Senate voted to revoke the veto in the ratio of 81:13. It was more than two thirds of the required votes in this case. Earlier, the House of Representatives voted in favor of rejecting the veto.
The National Defense Funding Act (NDAA) of 740 billion is broad based. It covers a variety of funds, ranging from spending on new ships, through compensation for the armed forces, to expenditures related to geopolitical threats.
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Trump vetoed the bill for several reasons. As CNN notes, it did not agree to change the names of bases that honor Confederate generals. He wanted to deny social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, a privilege that would protect it from criminal responsibility. He also opposed provisions limiting the amount of money he could spend on the border wall with Mexico.
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Trump argued, “I have clearly opposed politically motivated attempts to review history and ignore the tremendous progress our country has fought for in the name of the founding fathers principles.”
Many members of Congress, including some Republicans, have argued that issues related to social media are important to national security.
The Washington Post confirms that Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, managed to bypass the efforts of a group of lawmakers, including Bernie Sanders, to delay the vote. They demanded that the bill also include measures to increase payments to Americans in the era of the Coronavirus from the agreed $ 600 to $ 2000, which Trump also supported.
On Friday, McConnell managed to separate this clip from the bill. He called it “rich socialism” and made defense a priority.
CBS TV notes that the NDAA is a hugely important law that has been passed every year for decades. Therefore, rejecting the veto won’t necessarily be a bother for Republicans. Most of the Capitol representatives still agree with the president.
Some refuse to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory. Several House Republicans and at least one are expected Republican Senator Josh Hawley will challenge the election results When Congress convenes on January 6 to count the votes submitted by the Electoral College.