For most of President Barack Obama’s presidency, he has had a divided Congress. And with only a few months left in his 2nd term, he hasn’t had a single veto overridden.
But that’s about to change!
Obama shamefully vetoed a bill to support victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City. The bill, which was passed unanimously, would allow families of victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for their involvement in the attacks.
Obama’s veto was so controversial, even Nancy Pelosi is in favor of overriding it.
Now, less than a week later, Obama is being overruled. This is a major victory for 9/11 victims and their families:
The Senate will vote on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday.
The House is likely to vote on the override Thursday or Friday, a Republican leadership aide said.
Congress is expected to easily clinch the two-thirds support needed to override Obama’s veto, which would be the first veto override of his presidency.
The legislation, known formally as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, sailed through Congress with no recorded objections earlier this year. But with a veto override apparently imminent, some lawmakers, particularly ones who specialize in national security policy, have become increasingly vocal about their concerns with the bill.
One has to ask many questions about why Obama would veto this bill in the first place. This defiant act of Congress against the Obama White House is long overdue.