October 6, 2016 by Chris Kite
You may have heard that recently the Senate gave President Obama his first veto override.
This bill, the the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, was vetoed by the President because he saw quite a few possible unintended consequences if the bill passed.
You see, the bill was designed to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the attack. It sounds reasonable, right? Allowing people that were the victim of terrorism to sue the nation from which the terrorists came?
Except when the President vetoed the bill, he specifically told them that it would have the unintended consequence of opening up the United States, its armed forces, its diplomatic employees, and others to likewise be open to law suits from other countries.
This congress is exceptional in its inability to do anything responsible. When faced with important legislation that would help the country, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to unprecedented measures to obstruct anything from moving forward. But this bill was a chance to give a legislative defeat to President Obama and that has always been very important to Republicans, who still seem out to try to insure he is “only a one term President” despite the fact he’s near the end of his second term.
As is always the case with the Republican led Senate and Mitch McConnell, they refused to take responsibility for their override.
Once again, McConnell thought it best to blame the President for not adequately warning them of the dangers of this bill. Which of course, the President did when he wrote his veto response.
Not only is this a do nothing Congress, they are also a take no responsibility congress. Shame on you Mitch McConnell, Republican leadership, Republicans, and Democrats that overrode the President’s veto 97-1.
Are you proud yet?