The US Congress has overthrown President Donald Trump’s prohibition of a defence spending bill. This incident happened for the first time in his presidency.
As per BBC Reports, the Republican-controlled Senate took a unique New Year’s Day session to debate the motion, which had already been voted for by the House of Representatives. The $740bn (£549bn) bill will fund the defence policy for the year to come.
In a few weeks, Donald Trump, who will be leaving the office, objected to a specific provision in the bill. The Senate voted 81-13 for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – a two-thirds majority is required to override a presidential veto in both chambers.
It comes just two days before a new US Congress is due to be sworn in. He also wanted the bill to repeal a liability shield for social media companies.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated that he was determined to pass the bill. The Senate is more focused on completing the annual defence legislation that looks after our brave men and women who volunteer to wear uniform.
McConnell said- “We’ve passed this legislation 59 years in a row. And one way or another, we’re going to complete the 60th annual NDAA and pass it into law before this Congress concludes on Sunday.”
After which Donald Trump responded to the vote specifically on the issue of liability protection. Trump in his official Twitter handle stated-“Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!!”
News Source : BBC
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