Congress faces Christmas showdown with Trump over tech and defense bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Congress will return to Washington during its Christmas holiday break if necessary to override President Donald Trump’s threatened veto of a $740 billion defense bill, lawmakers said on Monday, with one senior Republican saying Trump’s stance risked “punishing” the troops.

Trump last week repeatedly vowed to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, if it does not repeal a law that protects companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc from liability for what appears on their platforms.

His threats angered lawmakers, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, who said the tech measure has nothing to do with defense and that Trump’s concerns – voiced only after his defeat in the Nov. 3 election – should not block major annual legislation that Congress has passed for 59 consecutive years.Reuters News

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