During his time as president, Barack Obama has not seen any of his vetoes overturned, but it looks like this record could finally end.
It was a few weeks back that both the Senate and the House voted unanimously to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This bill would mean that the families of the victims of 9/11 would be able to sue the Saudi Arabian government. The Saudis are in strong opposition to this bill and they made threats to divest from all of their US assets if it was passed. This is why Obama pledged to veto this bill.
As this was voted through unanimously, it looks like Obama’s veto could be overturned,.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to overturn President Obama’s veto of a bill letting families of Sept. 11 victims sue the Saudi Arabian government, bringing Congress within reach of completing the first successful veto override of Obama’s presidency.
The Senate voted 97-1 to reject the veto. The measure heads next to the House, where lawmakers will need to muster a two-thirds majority, as in the Senate, to override.
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.
It was such an unpopular veto that even Nancy Pelosi voted to overturn it!
What are your thoughts on this?