Earlier today, we reported that the Senate was preparing to overrule Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for their role in the 2001 terror attacks.
Now, much to Obama’s dismay, the overrule has been voted through as the first veto overrule of his presidency.
According to Daily Mail, the veto was overruled by the Senate on Wednesday in a 97-1 vote, paving the way for a showdown in the House of Represenatives.
The one vote to uphold the veto came from Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate’s top Democrat.
“I will bet that Obama’s veto will not be sustained,” Reid said before the vote.
In a letter to Reid and Senate Republicans, Obama warned that the legislation could cause chaos in U.S. foreign affairs, as other countries could use it to justify the creation of ways to target “U.S. policies and activities that they oppose.”
“As a result, our nation and its armed forces, State Department, intelligence officials and others may find themselves subject to lawsuits in foreign courts,” Obama said in a letter delivered Tuesday.
The Senate, however, wasn’t having any of it, with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, dismissing Obama’s concerns as “unpersuasive.” He pointed out that the bill is narrowly tailored and applies only to acts of terrorism that occur on U.S. soil.
“This bill is about respecting the voices and rights of American victims,” he said.
The House of Representatives is expected to overturn Obama’s veto on Thursday or Friday. If they do indeed override the veto, the bill will become law immediately.
The Obama administration has quickly hit back at the Senate. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the overrule the “single most embarrassing thing” the Senate has done in decades and “an abdication” of it’s duties as a government body.
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