The United States Senate voted earlier today to override President Obama’s veto. The bill allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. This is the first time the Senate has ever overridden any Obama veto.
The Senate overrode the veto with an overwhelming majority of 97-1. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was the only one to vote against the bill.
However, the veto hasn’t been officially sent to the waste bin of history yet. The House still has to override it. House Speaker Paul Ryan believes there will be enough votes to override the bill.
“I’m going to let Congress work its will because that’s what Congress does. I do think the votes are there for the override,” he said.
The original bill was sponsored by John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The original bill passed both the Senate and House unanimously in May and September without roll call votes.
Cornyn called it a miracle, “This is pretty much close to a miraculous occurrence because Democrats and Republicans, senators [and] House members have all agreed [on] the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which give the victims of a terrorist attack on our won soil an opportunity to seek the justice they deserve.”
Obama warned Congress about the “consequences” after he vetoed it, “The consequences of JASTA could be devastating to the Department of Defense and its service members — and there is no doubt that the consequences could be equally significant for our foreign affairs and intelligence communities.”
Cornyn rejected this claim, “He cites concerns that the bill would ‘create complications,’ he says, with some of our close partners, but the truth is JASTA only targets foreign governments who sponsor terrorist attacks on American soil, plain and simple.”
This is absolutely fantastic news. Donald Trump is already having an effect on this Congress. He is emboldening Congress to step up and stand against Obama’s anti-American agenda. Just imagine what he will accomplish for us when he is actually sitting in the Oval Office!
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