The Home of Representatives has voted to override Donald Trump’s veto of the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 322 to 87 votes—simply exceeding the required two-thirds vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, the place it should additionally move by a two-to-one margin to beat Trump’s opposition.
Yearly, Congress passes the NDAA to fund the army—this 12 months’s invoice offers $740 billion for the Pentagon. Because of broad public help for the army, the NDAA is broadly seen as a “should move” measure. This makes it a tempting car for attaching unrelated proposals that may not in any other case win Congressional approval.
In current months, Donald Trump has been calling for Congress, the Federal Communications Fee, and different authorities companies to switch or repeal Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 legislation that shields web sites from legal responsibility for content material uploaded by their customers. Trump sees repeal of Part 230 as a strategy to retaliate in opposition to Fb and Twitter for his or her perceived bias in opposition to him. However thus far, Trump’s marketing campaign in opposition to Part 230 has not gotten traction.
So in a determined transfer, Trump started threatening to veto the NDAA until Congress including language repealing Part 230. Congressional leaders did not take the risk very severely, since Part 230 has nothing to do with nationwide protection and repealing it could be a drastic step. However after Congress handed the NDAA with no Part 230 provision, Trump adopted via on his risk.
Trump has vetoed a handful of different payments throughout his presidency. Till now Congress has by no means overridden his vetoes as a result of Republicans had remained loyal to him. However Trump’s lame duck standing means he now has quickly declining clout with Republicans in Congress.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats overwhelmingly voted to override Trump’s vote, with 212 in favor and solely 20 in opposition to. However extra surprisingly, Republicans strongly supported the override too: 109 in favor and simply 66 in opposition to.
That bodes effectively for the Senate’s probabilities of overriding Trump’s veto when it takes up the problem on Tuesday. If a majority of Senate Republicans and virtually each Democrat votes to override Trump’s veto, the measure ought to move simply.
The Senate beforehand handed the invoice in an 84-13 vote. So if a lot of the invoice’s earlier supporters vote to override, the NDAA will change into legislation regardless of Trump’s veto.