“Therefore, if the very dangerous and unfair Article 230 is not completely abolished as part of the National Defense Licensing Act (NDAA), I will be forced to clearly VETO the bill when I send it to the very nice Resolute counter,” Trump added.
According to a senior member of the House, the issue has no chance of Democrats succeeding.
“Fucking joke,” said the staff, who spoke anonymously about discussing private negotiations. “It’s a complex debate that has no business as an eleventh-hour airport.”
According to the senior employee, the defense bill does not include other section 230 proposals, not even the bipartisan bill, which was led by John Thune, the Senate’s majority whip, John Thune. “Exactly,” the staff member said.
Trump’s latest curve sphere comes as lawmakers rush to work out a compromise defense bill this week. Democrats almost certainly reject Trump’s demand for the complete abolition of online defense.
The House and Senate have passed versions of the defense bill, with enough bipartisan support to overcome a potential veto. It is unclear whether these margins would persist if Trump continued the threat.
For the second time, Trump is threatening to veto the defense bill. Over the summer, Trump promised to abide by the bill by naming Confederate leaders over the provision of Army bases.
The base renaming issue was the biggest split between lawmakers and the White House, which began negotiations, but lawmakers seemed to agree on the matter this week.
Axios reported on Monday that the Trump administration took a last-minute repeal of section 230, which protects online companies like Facebook and Twitter from lawsuits against content posted on their platforms. Trump sought to limit the defense, and some Democrats even voiced concerns that social media companies were abusing the defense.
An industry source asking for its name to be withheld told POLITICO that Republican leaders on Capitol Hill had already told the White House that Democrats would not accept a full repeal as part of Bill HR 6395 (116) on defense.
Senate Republicans are instead seeking a more modest change in accountability provisions. Axios reported that Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), A member of the Armed Services Committee who is also chairman of the trade committee responsible for telecommunications, is forcing negotiators to pass legislation to limit the protection of the final NDAA. .
The defense policy bill is likely to be one of the last major bills by lawmakers this year and before the end of next month’s Trump presidency, making it the target of issues not directly related to national security.
The revocation of online liability protection first came last month after White House cabinet chief Mark Meadows announced a possible agreement in which Trump rejects opposition to renaming military bases in exchange for repealing section 230.
Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services at the time, said he was open to compromises to complete the defense bill. And while he acknowledged that social media platforms had abused their immunity, he underestimated the likelihood that Democrats would agree to the wholesale repeal of Section 230 of Trump.
“I think these platforms are dodging things they shouldn’t get away with,” Smith told the Foreign Affairs Council.
“Competence committees will have something to say about this,” he added. “And the president’s motivation is transparent: he thinks social media was bad for him … and as a result, he wants to sue them, and he’s looking for us to give him that power.”