For the first time in his administration, Congress has rebuked the President on a legislative matter. The Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow 9/11 victim’s families to sue Saudi Arabia, was vetoed by President Obama last week, only to be overridden Wednesday by both chambers of Congress. Although the administration has argued that the passage of the bill could hurt diplomatic ties and potentially open up the US to similar lawsuits, proponents of the bill have countered that the law is not a guarantee of lawsuits, but rather an opportunity for families to seek and achieve the justice they deserve. This was the President’s twelfth veto while in office, tying him with his predecessor George W. Bush.
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