The U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, the United States, on Friday, December 18, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – The House was due to vote Monday on whether to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of an annual defense spending bill.
An override would mean a bipartisan reprimand to the Republican president in the final days of his term.
The house, led by Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Will convene at 2 p.m. ET. The vote to override Trump's rejection of the massive defense bill, which authorizes a $ 740 billion spending cap and outlines Pentagon policy, is expected around 5 p.m. If the override measure is passed, it will be passed on to the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would vote on lifting the veto on Tuesday.
The law, known as the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, was passed on December 8 with the support of more than three-quarters of the Chamber. A large majority of the GOP-controlled Senate also passed the bill, giving both houses a higher percentage of yes-votes than the two-thirds required to defeat a presidential veto.
The comprehensive defense law is usually passed with strong support from both parties and veto-proof majorities, as it funds America's national security portfolio. It was legally signed for nearly six decades in a row.
The passage of the law will at least secure pay increases for soldiers and keep important defense modernization programs going.
Trump offered a variety of reasons to oppose this year's 4,517-page NDAA, questioning the bill as to both what it contains and what is missing.
The President has called for the bill to protect social media companies from the protection of language under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects them from being held responsible for what users say on their platforms. Trump, who used Twitter extensively during his presidency, has long accused the media of prejudice.
In his veto message to Congress, Trump wrote that the NDAA "made no significant changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act." He called on Congress to lift the measure.
The president previously said the move posed a serious threat to US national security as well as electoral integrity, but gave no further explanation.
Trump's ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Wrote on Twitter that he would not vote to override the president's veto. It was not the first time that Graham voted for the bill.
Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, passed a law on December 15 that would end Section 230 protection by January 1, 2023.