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STORY BY ANDREW DESIDERIO AND CONNOR O’BRIEN

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Published on December 8, 2020 2:38 AM

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House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith speaks during a July 9 committee hearing. | Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images
President Donald Trump is on a collision course with congressional Republicans and Democrats over the annual defense policy bill, setting up what will likely be the first and only veto override of Trump's presidency.

Trump, who has said he will veto the defense bill because it does not contain a repeal of legal protections for social media companies, has stood his ground against a House and Senate that have all but blown off an eleventh-hour demand prompted by the president's belief that the tech giants are biased against him. The House is set to vote on the defense bill Tuesday, and the Senate will likely follow soon after.

While Republicans have been unwilling to provoke Trump — most haven't even acknowledged that former Vice President Joe Biden won the election — Democratic and GOP leaders in both chambers have largely sidestepped his veto threat and are ready to pass a defense bill without caving to his demand to repeal Section 230, a provision wholly unrelated to the national defense that provides legal immunity for social media companies.

"There's no way we would have a defense authorization bill with that language in it," Senate Armed Services Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told POLITICO on Monday. "There's no question about it. And so obviously, I would have to do what I could to override a veto."