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The House overrides Trump's Section 230-related spending bill veto

The House secured enough votes to override President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, a staunch rebuke of the president's attempt to reform Section 230 in the final days of the legislative session.


Trump vetoed the NDAA earlier this month because it does not include language repealing Section 230, but top lawmakers quickly mobilized to push the must-pass defense spending bill through Congress in the first veto-override of Trump's presidency.

Key members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have increasingly called for regulating Big Tech and potentially reforming Section 230. But ultimately congressional leaders refused to cram the unrelated and sensitive issue into the NDAA with only a few weeks left until the end of the year.

The Senate is expected to vote to override the veto on Wednesday.

Trump threw a curveball on Sunday night with a statement claiming Congress has agreed to consider terminating or reforming Section 230 in exchange for his signature on a separate must-pass bill, the $2.3 trillion government spending and COVID-relief package that passed both chambers with overwhelming majorities.

But as of Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Pelosi had not publicly acknowledged the Section 230 deal. Two sources familiar with the situation said there there likely will not be a vote on Section 230 this week.

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