Obama Vetoes New 9/11 Bill



Morgan Amos

Recently, president Obama vetoed a bill that would allow family members of victims from the 9/11 attack to sue Saudi Arabia. Republican and Democratic leaders in congress say they plan to override Obama’s veto next week. If congress successfully overrides Obama’s veto, this will be the first override of his presidency.

President Obama opposes the bill because he says it could open the door to lawsuits against the US for actions taken by military service members, diplomats, and others. During Obama’s veto message that aired on Friday, he showed great sympathy to the 9/11 victims. However, he thinks the bill will hurt the effectiveness of the administrations actions against terrorism.

Obama says this bill will, “neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness to our response to such attacks.”

However, both presidential nominees have expressed their view on the subject. Jessie Lehrich, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman tells CNN, “[Clinton] would sign this legislation if it came to her desk.” Trump also said in a statement that the move is, “shameful and will go down as one of the low points in his presidency.” The Republican nominee also said he would sign the legislation as president.