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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.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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