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Politics Trump doubles down on $740 billion defense bill veto threat over Section 230 tech fight

22:31  03 december  2020
22:31  03 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Trump is calling for the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Act which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held legally liable WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened again on Thursday to veto a colossal defense bill if lawmakers do not include a measure

Trump ’s threat to veto defense bill over social-media protections is heading to a showdown with Congress. President Trump is headed toward a veto showdown with Congress, as the White House doubles down on Trump ’s promise to scuttle a $ 740 billion defense bill unless it opens the door for

  • President Donald Trump threatened again to veto the NDAAA if lawmakers do not include a measure eliminating legal protections for social media companies.
  • Trump is calling for the repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Act which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held legally liable for what is posted on their platforms.
  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pushed back on Trump's 11th-hour demand saying that the repeal of Section 230 was irrelevant to the passage of the Pentagon's top bill.
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: 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. © Provided by CNBC 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.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened again on Thursday to veto a colossal defense bill if lawmakers do not include a measure eliminating legal protections for social media companies.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday night threatened to veto the annual U.S. defense bill unless Congress abolishes a law that protects technology companies from Donald Trump called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.”

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would veto the $ 740 billion National Defense Authorization Act unless it eliminates a federal law protecting tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

Trump is calling for the repeal of a federal law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held legally liable for what is posted on their platforms.

On Wednesday, Trump referred to the provision as a "liability shielding gift" to "Big Tech" and called for it to be "completely terminated" otherwise he would nix this year's National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

The president also said the measure posed a serious threat to U.S. national security as well as election integrity but did not give any further explanatory details. Trump has also said that Twitter, his social media platform of choice, has unfairly censored him.

The president's issue with Section 230 came to light this summer after Twitter added warning labels to several of his tweets that alleged mail-in voting is fraudulent. Trump has still not conceded the U.S. presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

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Trump threatens to veto major defense bill unless Congress repeals Section 230 , a legal shield for tech giants. President Trump on Tuesday threatened to veto an annual defense bill authorizing nearly trillion in military spending unless Congress opens the door for Facebook, Twitter and other

Trump ’s ultimatum puts the $ 740 .5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Trump has previously threatened to veto the NDAA over a provision that would require the Pentagon to rename 10 U.S. military installations that recognize Confederate generals, who fought to defend slavery.

The NDAA, which typically passes with overwhelming bipartisan support and veto-proof majorities, is a sweeping defense bill that authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and outlines Pentagon policy.

The bill could have enough bipartisan support for Congress to override Trump's veto if he makes good on his threat.

This year's legislation includes a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops, a plan to rename military installations bearing names of Confederate leaders as well as a slew of other provisions. The NDAA, in its current form, does not include any measure in relation to Section 230.

This is not the first time the president has targeted the NDAA. Earlier this year, Trump said he would veto the measure if it included language on changing U.S. military installations named after Confederate generals.

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Despite Trump's threats, lawmakers included the renaming provision in this year's NDAA.

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That was less than 24 hours after Trump threatened to veto the $ 740 billion bill over the tech protections, known as Section 230 . Trump has had an increasingly contentious relationship with big tech , though his presidency has relied heavily on communication by tweet.

US President Donald Trump has pledged to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets out the military budget for 2021, unless a The president took to Twitter on Tuesday night with a series of posts deeming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act a “serious threat ” to

This week, Trump's plan to "unequivocally veto" the NDAA was met with swift bipartisan opposition as lawmakers work to pass the crucial bill needed to fund the military by the end of the year.

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pushed back on Trump's 11th-hour demand saying that the repeal of Section 230 was irrelevant to the passage of the Pentagon's top bill.

"First of all, 230 has nothing to do with the military," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday.

"We ought to do away with 230, but you can't do it in this bill. That's not a part of the bill," Inhofe added.

"I would hope that he would not actually follow through with that because the NDAA is critical," said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, according to The Hill.

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Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-SD) said on Wednesday, "I don't think the defense bill is the place to litigate" the Section 230 fight, according to The Hill.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), responded to Trump's tweet by saying that he would vote to override Trump's veto.

Meanwhile, some GOP senators, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), said they would be supportive of Trump vetoing the NDAA in order to repeal or reform Section 230.

Congressman Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington and chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said the president's fixation with Section 230 stems from his personal fights with Twitter.

"To be clear, Mr. President, Section 230 repeal wasn't included in the House OR Senate version of the NDAA," Smith tweeted Wednesday. "You're mad at Twitter. We all know it. You're willing to veto the defense bill over something that has everything to do with your ego, and nothing to do with defense," Smith added.

Compromise defense bill offers rebuke of Trump's Germany drawdown .
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