US Congress passes defense bill despite Trump veto threat

By: AFP      Published: 11:19 PM, 11 Dec, 2020
US Congress passes defense bill despite Trump veto threat

The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping defense budget bill Friday in defiance of President Donald Trump, who has threatened to veto the legislation six weeks from leaving office.

The $740.5 billion measure, which cleared the House of Representatives earlier this week, has earned Trump's ire in part because it does not abolish a law granting social media firms liability protection for third-party content on their platforms.

Both chambers cleared the legislation with large majorities that far exceed the two-thirds "super majority" needed to override a presidential veto. 

AFP

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