It took seven and half years, but the United States Senate FINALLY voted to override one of Barack Obama’s vetoes. The legislation in question is the bill passed by Congress that would allow the families of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Obama vetoed the bill claiming that it would put the American government in danger of being sued from overseas, and the Senate smacked that down with a 97-1 vote to override.
Harry Reid (D-NV) was the lone vote against. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).
The bipartisan vote came despite lobbying from Obama to uphold his veto. Obama said he objects to the bill because it could damage U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and could undermine America’s own sovereign immunity against lawsuits.
The vote was not taken lightly by anyone. Several lawmakers actually share Obama’s concerns, but in the end, exposing terrorism and the sponsors of it around the world won out.
“I believe that the risks of shielding the perpetrators of terrorism from justice are greater than the risks this legislation may pose to America’s presence around the world,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Ben Cardin, D-Md.
From Fox News:
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on the Senate floor moments before Wednesday’s vote, pushed back hard on Saudi government objections to the legislation, which has broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.
“It’s very simple. If the Saudis were culpable, they should be held accountable. If they had nothing to do with 9/11, they have nothing to fear,” Schumer said.
This particular bill now heads to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass with a similar margin of victory, possibly by the end of business on Wednesday. If passed, the veto is overridden, an action no Congress has taken against Barack Obama throughout his presidency, and his perfect record will be broken.