Oh boy, This could get sticky! Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and an unlikely partner Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer will hold a vote on Wednesday to override Barack Obama’s veto stopping 9/11 families from suing Saudi Arabia for the terrorist attack.
This measure passed both houses of Congress earlier this year and Obama threatened a veto and stuck to his word when it reached his desk last week. If the Senate votes to override the veto, the House will follow and Obama will be defeated.
This will be the first time during Obama’s tenure he’s been in this position but American families want and need this. But think about this bill in the context, what happens of a foreigner sues the United States for wrongful death? This opens up that can of worms.
From The Hill:
The Senate is moving forward with a pledge by leadership to try to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set the vote on overriding the veto, along with two hours of debate, for Wednesday.
The showdown could end with lawmakers nixing the president’s veto for the first time in his administration.
Obama followed through on a pledge to veto the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), on Friday. The White House argues the legislation would undermine “sovereign immunity” and the U.S.-Saudi relationship, as well as open up U.S. citizens to retaliatory measures.
The legislation passed both the House and Senate unanimously earlier this year, pitting Obama against congressional Democrats. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the GOP nominee, both support the bill.
A GOP leadership aide said the House will likely also vote to override the veto before the chamber adjourns this week.
Senate leadership quickly voiced confidence after the veto that they would have the two-thirds supermajority necessary to override it. If they succeed, the House must also vote to reject the veto.
I’m not sure if this will be of any help to the families anyway as the Saudis and other Muslim extremist-harboring nations will ignore any verdict in US courts. A better solution would be for the damages to be paid directly from the US government out of money budgeted to foreign aid for these countries.
Either that or just state that Saudi Arabia and other countries get zero more dollars until 9/11 victims have been justly compensated (including paying back the billions to the US government that has already been paid to victims families and for restoration of damaged infrastructure, etc.)
If Congress overrides his veto, will we be open to thousands of lawsuits from around the world?
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