A first of it’s kind defeat for President Barack Obama–led in part by the Senate’s Number Two Republican.
“How can anyone look at the families in the eye–and tell them they shouldn’t have the opportunity to seek justice against a foreign government responsible for their loved one” Senator John Cornyn asked ahead of the override vote in the Senate Wednesday.
The U.S. House followed a short time later with it’s own vote to override the President’s veto of a measure allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.
“The financing of terrorism in the United States is not behavior we should tolerate from any nation… allies included” Cornyn said on the Senate Floor.
The Senator doesn’t buy the President’s reasoning for his veto–that the measure would open up avenues for American citizens to be sued by foreign governments.
“I’ve read President Obama’s veto message… and it’s not persuasive. That’s because it describes a bill that doesn’t exist” Cornyn said, adding “What the President ignores is that we’re being sued by foreign nations already under the current state of the law.”