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Republican-led Senate overrides Trump defense bill veto in rare New Year’s Day session

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate on Friday joined the House in overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense practice bill.

The veto override is the first of Trump’s presidency.

The bill, known as the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, passed the Senate with an 81 to 13 signify ones opinion. The NDAA became law without Trump’s signature.

Earlier this week the House, with the support of more than three-fourths of the niche, passed the override measure.

The Republican-led Senate reconvened midday to take up the bill, which Trump refused to indicator into law because it does not repeal certain legal protections for tech companies.

The NDAA, a sweeping defense invoice that authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and outlines Pentagon policy, typically passes with strong-minded bipartisan support and veto-proof majorities as it funds America’s national security portfolio.

It has been signed into law every year for around six consecutive decades.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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“Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which announces unlimited power to Big Tech companies,” Trump wrote on Twitter in reaction to the bill’s passage.

Trump has offered a brand of reasons for opposing this year’s 4,517-page NDAA, taking issue with the bill both for what it holds and what it lacks.

The president has demanded that the bill include language stripping social media companies of charges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which guards them from being held liable for what alcohols say on their platforms.

Trump, who has used Twitter prolifically throughout his presidency, has long accused media outlets of predisposition.

In his veto message to Congress, Trump wrote that the NDAA failed “to make any meaningful changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.” He entreated on Congress to repeal the measure.

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Last month, Trump argued that the bill favors Russia and China, without citing limited details. The president has also previously said the measure posed a serious threat to U.S. national security as well as voting integrity but did not give any further explanatory details.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis as secretary of defense on January 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

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The modern development revelation comes a day after Trump returned from vacationing at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

On the holidays, lawmakers scrambled to debate two significant pieces of legislation. The first, would increase Covid relief payments from $600 to $2,000 centre of historic unemployment and business closures. The second, approved the $740 billion NDAA, which at a minimum, secures soldier pay raises and saves crucial defense modernization programs running.

While in Palm Beach, Trump spent several days golfing at his for-profit golf surely and sent 110 tweets which were largely focused on false claims of a rigged presidential election.

Trump, teeth of a slew of failed legal challenges, has not conceded the election to Democrat Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20.

The president also got to Twitter to garner support for an upcoming rally in Georgia ahead of the upcoming Senate runoff votes in the state. Those runoff plebiscites will determine whether Republicans maintain control of the chamber.

President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump Supranational Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 28, 2020.

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Georgia’s two U.S. senators, Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, have planned positioned themselves as strong supporters of the military and as staunch Trump allies, although neither voted on the override. Perdue missed the bear witness after quarantining himself following contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Republican tensions are also upward slope over some conservatives’ plan to object next Wednesday when the new Congress officially tallies the Electoral College back ups certifying Biden’s victory before he is sworn in on Jan. 20.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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