Barack Obama vetoed a bipartisan bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for their involvement in the attacks.
For the first time, Obama was rebuked by Congress by a 97-1 margin.
A Congressional override was expected, and it has just happened.
From Washington Examiner:
President Obama lost his first veto fight with Congress on Wednesday after Democrats and Republicans in the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override his objection to a bill that would allow families of the Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.
The bipartisan vote came despite lobbying from Obama to uphold his veto. Obama said he objects to the bill because it could damage U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and could undermine America’s own sovereign immunity against lawsuits.
The Senate voted 97-1 to override Obama’s veto, and the only no vote was from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
The legislation now heads to the House, where lawmakers are expected to vote as early as Wednesday afternoon. If the House follows, it would be the first time Congress has overridden one of his vetoes.
House leaders in both parties said they anticipate lawmakers will follow in the path of their Senate counterparts and will override the veto, which will make the bill a law despite Obama’s objection.
For many lawmakers in both parties, voting to override the veto was not an easy decision, despite powerful sponsors. The bill was authored by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and the No. 3 Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
For once Congress decided to put Obama in check.
Too bad they didn’t do this at any other point during his eight years in office.