Senator Jim Inhofe today told President Trump that he is unlikely to get two big wishes in the current defense spending legislation, yelling into his cell phone: “This is the only chance to do pass our bill, “said a source who overheard part of their conversation. Axios.
Why is this important: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump’s threats to veto the bill, which has been passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.
The backstory: Inhofe told Trump – over a loudspeaker as he walked through the Russell Senate Building – that the bill would not meet his demand to repeal liability protections for tech companies, or to block them. efforts to rename military bases after Confederate figures.
- The White House declined to comment. Inhofe’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
What we hear: Inhofe, who is leading negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, addressed “Mr. the president ”before making his“ only chance ”comment on a noon call.
- The source could not help but overhear the conversation due to speaker volume.
The backdrop: Many Republican lawmakers tell Axios that while the technological liability element, Section 230, needs to be reformed, it doesn’t make sense to tie language unrelated to the NDAA.
- Inhofe told reporters on Wednesday, but said the provision “had nothing to do with the military.”
- “You can’t do it in this bill,” Inhofe said, adding that he passed this on to Trump.
- Many also believe they have the necessary votes to overturn a presidential veto, if necessary.
- Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) quote tweeted Trump’s veto threats earlier today and wrote, “I’ll vote to override it. Because it’s really not about you.”
The bottom line: Members of both sides are eager to push through this legislation so they can move on to a government spending bill, due on December 11, and provide coronavirus relief.