9/11 families win right to sue Saudi Arabia. Not a single Democrat comes to Obama’s support.
The Senate on Wednesday voted to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to the president on foreign policy months before he leaves office.
The 97-1 vote marks the first time the Senate has mustered enough support to overrule Obama’s veto pen.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was the sole vote to sustain Obama’s veto. Not a single Democrat came to the Senate floor before the vote to argue in favor of Obama’s position.
Lawmakers don’t want to be seen as soft on punishing terrorist sponsors a few weeks before the election, at a time when voters are increasingly worried about radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of recent attacks in Manhattan, Minnesota and Orlando, Fla.