TULSA, Okla. — The Senate passed a defense spending bill that President Donald Trump said he plans to veto.
READ MORE: Senate passes defense bill, setting up veto showdown with Trump
The National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate in an 84-13 vote on December 11th.
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the passage of the bill.
There isn’t much that happens around Capitol Hill with the kind of track record that the National Defense Authorization Act has, but there’s a reason this bill gets done every single year for the last 59 years: It’s the most important bill we’ll do all year. It’s what the Constitution tells us we have to do. We must protect freedom, democracy and peace, and support our troops. This is the heart of the National Defense Authorization Act, and I look forward to it becoming law before the end of the year.
President Trump previously threatened to veto the bill. Trump tweeted and called out Inhofe, saying it is sad for the nation that Inhofe didn't place Section 230 termination clause into the Defense Bill. Section 230 of the Defense Bill protects tech giants, like Twitter and Facebook, from being held liable for what is posted on their social platforms.
Inhofe said it's "impossible" for a repeal of Section 230 to be added to the bill due to congress members on both sides being in disagreement on the full repeal.
READ MORE: Inhofe responds to Pres. Trump's threat to veto major defense bill
Senator James Lankford expressed his support of the passage and said Inhofe does an "excellent job" of prioritizing service members' needs.
Our nation’s service members and national security are well-supported by this vital legislation. Our military personnel and military communities serve our nation and Senator Inhofe has done an excellent job to serve them by prioritizing their needs this year. With this critical legislation, Oklahoma’s military installations will have what they need to continue defending our nation.
Congress is expected to override a potential veto of the defense bill from Trump. The House of Representatives easily passed the bill earlier this month with a vote of 335-78.
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