Obama responds to Congress overriding his veto of 9/11 bill

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, meaning that the families of 9/11 victims can now sue Saudi Arabia. Obama responded to Congress’ decision during an interview with CNN, calling it a “mistake.”
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The U.S. Senate voted yesterday (Wednesday) 97-1 in favor of overriding President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which seeks to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. In addition, the House of Representatives voted 348-77, which means that the bill has become a law.

The Saudi government has rejected the allegations that it was connected to the 9/11 terror attacks on many occasions. However, the families of the victims have insisted that the bill become a law over the past few years, claiming that Riyadh had clear connections to the terrorists, most of whom were Saudis, and their actions.

Obama responded yesterday to the results of the votes and said that Congress made a “mistake.” In an interview with CNN, Obama said that the law will set a “dangerous precedent” for suing governments. “If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal laws,” said the U.S. President during CNN's Presidential Town Hall in Virginia.


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