GOP finally challenges Obama and overrides his veto. One has to wonder about the timing of the challenge with many representatives being challenged in the upcoming election. The good news is President Obama received a stinging rebuke with the first veto override since he took office. PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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It may not be exactly the political score many Republicans had envisioned. The timing comes near the end of Obama’s presidency and on a bill — which would let 9/11 families sue the Saudi Arabian government — that some lawmakers concede is problematic.
But on Wednesday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 97-1, to override Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The bill next goes to the House, which is poised to vote similarly.
The override will be the first time Congress has successfully challenged the president on a piece of legislation, despite Obama’s 12 other vetoes, including 10 when Republicans were the majority of both houses. In most instances, Congress didn’t even attempt an override.
The White House, which made modest gestures to prevent this week’s outcome with tough warnings from its national security team, now appears resigned to the turn of events.
A cadre of blue-chip lobby shops is being paid top dollar by the Saudi government to try to derail the action.
But the opposition is a long-shot effort that has little chance against the compelling stories of the 9/11 victims’ families and friends who have pressured Congress for almost a decade to pass the legislation.
“Both parties will come together,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the bill’s lead authors. “The families of the victims of 9/11 deserve their day in court, and justice for those families shouldn’t be thrown overboard because of diplomatic concerns.”
After a personal appeal from Obama, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, was the lone vote against the override. Two other senators did not vote because they were on the presidential campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton — Sen. Tim Kaineof Virginia, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The legislation would amend existing law to allow U.S. courts to hear terrorism cases against foreign states, narrowing the scope of immunity now granted to sovereign foreign actors.
H/T: LA Times