Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Congress Overrules Obama Veto On State Sponsored Terrorism Bill
The U.S. congress with strong bi-partisan majorities overrode President Obama's veto of a bill that allows the families of American victims of terrorism to sue states that sponsor terrorist attacks. The catalyst behind the legislation was new evidence about Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks, and the bill would allow victims of those who were murdered sue the government of Saudi Arabia. Iran is also a likely target.
The vote in the senate was 97-1, and was led by Chuck Schumer(D-NY) who made an impassioned speech urging his fellow Democrats to vote to veto the bill. The one holdout was Harry Reid (D-Nevada)who is retiring from the Senate this year with his ill-gotten gains intact and a reputation of being the worst, most divisive Senate Majority leader in history. Vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) chose to skip out on the voting even though he was in town. Given his Muslim Brotherhood ties, I'm not surprised.
In the house, the vote was 348 to 77.
The argument against the bill was that it would allow other countries to retaliate and sue us. At a time when Iran is kidnapping hostages and holding them for ransom, that argument holds little water. And when it comes to the Saudis, Qatar and other nations in the region, they need us a lot more than we need them.
This is the first time President Barack Hussein Obama has ever been overruled.