On Thursday, September 30 the U.S. Congress quickly developed “buyer’s remorse” for over-turning a veto President Obama made. Obama had vetoed the (JASTA) bill that allowed families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabian government in U.S. courts.
Congress voted to override the president’s veto on Wednesday with an overwhelming majority. However, it was less than 24 hours later when two top Republican leaders voiced that the bill now suddenly needed changes.
The White House quickly began to sing a frustrated we-told-you-so song.
The bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) could have negative, unintended consequences that could put U.S. service members and diplomats overseas, at risk of legal action. The bill allows victims to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism for attacks that take place on U.S. soil.
The bill is aimed squarely at Saudi Arabia’s ruling family. Although, it could open up trouble from other countries who could use the bill to launch legal measures against the U.S.
Saudi Arabia has long been suspected of being linked to the hijackers who flew the planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi Arabian citizens.
Saudi Arabia denies any connection to the 9/11 attacks and lobbied fiercely against the bill.
Obama called the override a “dangerous precedent” at an exclusive CNN town hall meeting with Jake Tapper.
Apparently many of the officials who voted on the JASTA bill didn’t know exactly what was in it. Even though the president and other top security officials included letters highlighting the Obama administration’s objections to the bill.
Conversations with the members of Congress have been going on since April. We pay these people with our taxes. Why are they not reading the policies they are voting on? And how is this all of a sudden Obama’s fault? He warned them all.
Unfortunately, there is little more than three months left in Obama’s term. It’s almost too late to make substantial changes to JASTA now. The White House is open to hearing fixes to the bill, but knows there isn’t much time left.
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