HISTORIC: Congress overrides Obama’s 9/11 JASTA veto
September 28, 2016
Congress has overidden President Obama’s veto of the 9/11 JASTA bill, opening the door for familes of victims to sue Saudi Arabia and other countries involved in the terror attacks.
(WASHINGTON, DC) The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reject President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of Obama’s eight-year-long presidency.
The vote was 348-76, well above the two-thirds majority needed for an override. The Senate earlier opposed the veto by 97-1, so the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” will become law.
The veto override is a blow to Obama, and to Saudi Arabia, one of the longest-standing U.S. allies in the Arab world.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was the only one who voted to sustain the veto, The Hill reported. The two Senators to abstain were Vermont independent Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).
The override vote was the “single most embarrassing thing the Senate has done” in over two decades, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
This article was contributed by Reuters and RT.
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