House Approves Defense Policy Bill (REPORT)

( President Donald Trump suffered a defeat on the repealing of Section 230 protections for far-left social media platforms this week, when some Republicans teamed up with Democrats to pass a new defense policy bill.

The president warned recently that he would veto the legislation if it did not include a repeal of the legal protections for social media companies, but the support from Republicans in the Democrat-controlled House meant it was passed in a large veto-proof majority.

The House voted 335-78 in favour of the new defense bill, which will see $721 billion spent on America’s national security efforts.

Though not including a repeal of Section 230, the legislation provides 3% pay rises for American troops and authorizes the introduction of a series of other military programs. More than 80% of the House voted for the legislation, which is above the two-thirds majority required to avoid a presidential veto.

Some 140 Republicans joined with Democrats, who don’t want to see social media regulated to protect free speech, in supporting the legislation and stopping the president from vetoing in.

Shortly after the legislation was passed, YouTube announced that it would ban the publishing of videos on its platform that suggest widespread election fraud took place in the 2020 presidential election…despite evidence suggesting it did.

The decision by YouTube is a reminder of why Republicans need to get behind the president’s call to repeal the protections, which are designed to protect social media companies so long as they behave as neutral platforms and not as publishers.

Senator James Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the press that the legislation was not the right place to fight with Big Tech.

“I agree with his sentiments – we ought to do away with 230,” he said. “But you can’t do it in this bill”.

So…when exactly will Republicans get behind the repeal of Section 230?