As political tensions continue to rise, 140 Republicans have joined forces with Democrats on a bill that President Donald Trump says he will veto.
Dems Wants Social Media Censorship
The Democrats have control of the House and on Tuesday they passed a defense policy bill. President Trump had already said he would veto the bill as it currently stands so a showdown is expected to occur.
The vote came down to 335-78 in favor of the $731 billion defense measure. President Trump said he wanted to see the bill hammer down on bias social media monopolies that have attacked free speech and censored truth about election integrity.
Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will veto “the very weak National Defense Authorization Act,” unless it gets rid of Section 230 which protects Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants from content liability.
140 Republicans Turn Their Back on Trump
The bill also gives 3% pay raises for U.S. troops and military programs but Congressional Democrats and 140 Republicans refused to compromise.
NBC News reports:
The final vote represented approval from more than 80% of the House — well above the two-thirds support required to override a potential veto. A total of 140 Republicans joined 195 Democrats to back the bill, which now goes to the Senate.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House Republican leadership, urged Trump not to follow through on his veto threat, but added that if he does veto it, “We should override.”
If Trump vetoes the bill, “we will come back to vote to override,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Despite the 140 potential RINOs, there were quite a few Republicans who stood with the president.
“We stand with the president,” said Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., the group’s chairman. “This particular NDAA bill is filled with flaws and problems,” including limitations on troop withdrawals ordered by Trump in Afghanistan and Germany, Biggs said.
Now it is up to the Senate to either pass or decline the bill.