Tuesday, September 27, 2016

U.S. Senate To Vote Wednesday To Override 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Veto

The Hill: Senate to vote on 9/11 veto override Wednesday

The Senate is moving forward with a pledge by leadership to try to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set the vote on overriding the veto, along with two hours of debate, for Wednesday.

The showdown could end with lawmakers nixing the president's veto for the first time in his administration.

Obama followed through on a pledge to veto the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), on Friday. The White House argues the legislation would undermine "sovereign immunity" and the U.S.-Saudi relationship, as well as open up U.S. citizens to retaliatory measures.

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WNU Editor: The Saudis and their allies are changing their strategy on how to block this legislation .... Saudi lobbyists plot new push against 9/11 bill (Politico).

More News On The U.S. Senate Voting Wednesday To Override 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Veto

Senate to vote Wednesday to override 9/11 lawsuit bill veto -- CNN
Senate to hold override vote Wednesday after Obama veto of 9/11 lawsuit bill -- CBS
U.S. Senate will likely override veto of 9/11 lawsuit bill -- UPI
Congress Expected to Override Obama 9/11 Bill Veto -- ABC News

Update: This could be a heavy financial hit for the Saudis .... If 9/11 plaintiffs prevail, Saudis could face up to $100 billion in damages (Philly.com).

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