Lawmakers vow to override Trump veto of defense bill

While Republicans have been unwilling to provoke Trump — most haven’t even acknowledged that former Vice President Joe Biden won the election — Democratic and GOP leaders in both chambers have largely sidestepped his veto threat and are ready to pass a defense bill without caving to his demand to repeal Section 230, a provision wholly unrelated to the national defense that provides legal immunity for social media companies.

“There’s no way we would have a defense authorization bill with that language in it,” Senate Armed Services Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told POLITICO on Monday. “There’s no question about it. And so obviously, I would have to do what I could to override a veto.”…

“I would hope that he would sign the bill. It’s important. We’ve made it very clear that national security is the No. 1 thing we do around here,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters. “If you can’t get that right, the rest is conversation.”…

Many Republicans and Democrats in both chambers support overriding a presidential veto of the National Defense Authorization Act in the waning weeks of Trump’s presidency, with House Democratic leaders saying they will cut a holiday recess short to overturn a veto of the annual defense policy bill.