First Time For Everything: Congress Rejects Obama's Veto Of 9/11 Bill
Congress pops Obama's bubble.
The Short of It
Yesterday, Congress stunningly came to an agreement. In a vote to override a veto by President Obama, the legislature passed into law a bill that will allow families of September 11th victims to sue Saudi Arabia for any part it took place in the attack.
The Longer Version of It:
First, let's back it up.
The 9/11 victims bill or The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was introduced by the families of 9/11 victims, who wanted to be able to sue any member of the Saudi government suspected of having a hand in the attacks. Though the country has denied any involvement in the attacks that took place in 2001, most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. The bill was passed into Congress earlier this month and last week was vetoed by President Obama who said the bill made US officials vulnerable to lawsuits in foreign courts. Yesterday, lawmakers pushed forward with the bill and successfully voted to override the president's veto for the first time as president.
Why wouldn't Obama want a 9/11 bill?
President Obama, has only used a veto on 12 times during his 2 term presidency, in the weeks leading up to the vote in Congress he (along with other critics) expressed concerns of the bill backfiring. More pointedly, he has said that the bill puts US officials at risk of being sued by foreign courts (note: not every country in the world is on board with the US interpretation of terrorism).
Any more updates?
Yesterday's news was all about Congress and the government shutdown. Whether you with Congress or with Obama, you'll be happy about the news on this one. Yesterday, lawmakers passed a bill that includes $1billion for Zika research and the prevention of the US government from shutting down.
It's all up in the air on where the implications of this bill will lie, but the White House's opinion on the matter is pretty clear. A White House official told reporters the decision was "the single most embarrassing thing" Congress has made in years.