By Nikita Biryukov, December 23 2020 5:40 pm
Two of New Jersey’s House representatives slammed President Donald Trump for vetoing a bill authorizing military spending for the next year Wednesday.
“The president’s 11th hour veto of one of the most widely supported bills in Congress shows how little regard he has for our troops, for Congress, and for the work it takes to govern our great nation,” Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) said.
Trump demanded the National Defense Authorization Act include reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields social media companies from suits over user-submitted content.
He began calling for law after Twitter and Facebook started adding notes to falsehoods posted on their platform.
“President Trump is intent on making America less safe with his delusional and dangerous actions,” Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) said. “He’s apparently on the side of Russians and Confederates, while the rest of us stand with our military families and veterans.”
Norcross and Sherrill sit on the House Armed Services Committee.
Though Congress passed the military budget by broad bipartisan margins, it remains to be seen whether Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate are willing to override Trump’s veto, as Sherril urged them to do.
“I look forward to voting to override this veto,” she said. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate, who have already given the NDAA their support twice, to do the same.”