Enlarge /. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has gotten to grips with the anticipated lifting of President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act by Congress.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been scrutinizing Congressional approval to increase government checks to ease stimulus from $ 600 to $ 2,000. The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of increasing payments on Monday, as President Trump had advocated. However, instead of voting on the House bill, McConnell blocked it and instead introduced a new bill that, according to Verge, links higher stimulus payments to the complete repeal of Section 230 and received a copy of the bill.
It's a mess, but the move has to do with Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, which approves $ 740 billion in defense spending for the government's upcoming fiscal year. "Nobody worked harder or allocated more money to the military than I did," Trump said in a statement about the veto, falsely claiming that the military was "completely exhausted" when he took office in 2017, ending the very dangerous national security risk of section 230 will make it virtually impossible to process our information without everyone knowing what we are doing at each step. "
Section 230 has nothing to do with military intelligence; It is a 1996 law to protect Internet platforms. At the highest level, the short right-hand crop basically does two things. First, it grants Internet service providers, including online platforms, broad immunity from legal liability for content shared by third-party users. Second, it grants legal immunity to the same services from the decisions they make regarding content moderation – regardless of how much or how little they do.
As we've reported earlier, Trump has been campaigning against Section 230 all summer and fall, and even signed an ordinance ordering various federal agencies to "restrict, edit" or "unchecked social media's unchecked authority to censor user content." other ways of manipulating, restricting. However, Congress declined to examine the Justice Department's proposed recast of the law.
For Trump, it seems personal: he's been disapproving of Twitter in particular since the site first attached a mild fact-checking link to a tweet of his election misinformation in May, which has become a common occurrence when the president is over his stews stewed loss of election in November. As Ars' Kate Cox pointed out last week, "In short, the more Trump claimed without evidence that all mail-in votes are fraudulent (it's not) or that President-elect Joe Biden somehow" stole "the election ( he won fair)., the more fact-checking labels that Twitter attached to its posts. "
The NDAA usually moves through Congress with broad bipartisan support, and this year's edition was no exception. Both chambers supported the bill with a broad, veto-proof margin – the House approved with 335 to 78 votes, and the Senate approved it with 84 to 13 votes. However, in early December, Trump said he would veto the bill if it did not include total repeal of Section 230. On December 23, two days before Christmas, he upheld that threat.
The section 230 thing still makes me laugh … repealing section 230 would be a disaster for Trump. It would mean his left and right tweets would be removed. The same goes for many of his followers.
All that talk about censorship? Wait for section 230 to go. https://t.co/EwKIhi4xWw
– Yashar Ali @ (@yashar) December 29, 2020
The house management was prepared for it. On Monday, the House voted to overturn Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with 322 to 87 votes – slightly exceeding the required two-thirds mark. The measure then went to the Senate, where it must also be passed with the same interval in order to overcome Trump's opposition. It is expected that the Senate will also vote in the next few days to lift the veto.
What does this have to do with McConnell's recent political maneuver? Think of this as a move to appease Trump on Section 230 while effectively ensuring that the $ 2,000 increase in stimulus checks in the Senate will never happen. "During this process, the President highlighted three other issues of national concern that Congress would like to address together," McConnell said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "This week the Senate will start a process to bring these three priorities into focus."
But that's insincere at best. Deadline Hollywood's Ted Johnson notes, "By tying payments to another Trump priority – Section 230 repeal – McConnell is likely making the package unsuitable for a number of Senate and House Democrats. Although politicians from both parties a If you If you want to change section 230, overriding it entirely is a completely different matter.
"Senator McConnell knows how to turn $ 2,000 survival checks into a reality, and he knows how to kill them," said Chuck Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Senate minority, in a statement Tuesday. "Will Senate Republicans follow Senator McConnell's cynical move, or will they urge him to vote on the standalone (bill)?"