Lindsey Graham Says Trump Will Sign Spending Bill if It Takes Aim at Section 230
Republicans keep trying to turn everything into a fight over Section 230. With President Donald Trump threatening to veto both a defense spending measure and an omnibus bill to fund government programs, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) is suggesting this could change if Democrats throw an anti-Section 230 clause into the mix.
Section 230—a federal communications law that helps protect free speech and free enterprise online—has become a scapegoat for bipartisan ire at big tech companies and all sorts of conservative gripes about social media.
After failed attempts to diminish Section 230 by executive order, Trump said last week he wouldn’t sign a bill to fund the military unless it randomly contained a section targeting Section 230. Now, Trump could be conditioning support for any government funding bill on that same deal.
This garbage NEVER ends.
Lindsey: getting rid of Section 230 will not “rein in” big tech. It will ensconce them as the only companies able to handle the crippling liability. It’s destroy smaller competitors, stifle speech, and create a huge mess for American innovation. https://t.co/fnSZS1C83w
— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) December 23, 2020
The omnibus bill—which includes a COVID-19 relief package—passed the House and Senate on Monday. But Trump says he won’t sign, calling it “a disgrace” and “wasteful,” while also demanding that payments to individuals be raised from $600 to $2,000.
The latter amount was what Democrats originally pushed for, and Democratic leaders in Congress have leapt on Trump’s mandate to make individual stimulus checks bigger.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 23, 2020
D: $2000 checks
R: $600 checks?
D: $1200 checks
R: $600 checks?
D: $600 checks.
R: $2000 checks! Take it or leave it!
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) December 23, 2020
Trump’s concern for upping individual stimulus checks seems to be tied up in his ambitions of overturning the 2020 election results.
In his Tuesday video, Trump said he’s “asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill, or else the next administration will have to deliver a covid relief package, and maybe that administration will be me.”
The video “landed like a sonic boom in Washington. His own aides were stunned,” says The Washington Post. “Congressional aides were stunned. Stock market futures quickly slumped on the prospect that the economic aid could be in doubt. And the implications for what happens next could be severe. If he refuses to sign the bill, the government will shut down on Dec. 29. The $900 billion in emergency economic aid will be frozen, and the race for the two Senate seats in Georgia could also be upended.”
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