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Nelson, Rubio vote to override Obama's 9/11 veto



Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio voted this afternoon to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Senate vote, 97-1, was the first veto override for Obama's two terms. Sen. Harry Reid cast the dissenting vote. UPDATE: The House also voted today in favor of an override.

Nelson had been undecided but last night signaled he would join the override, which required two-thirds majority.

Obama vetoed the bill last Friday, citing a host of concerns including that Americans could face retaliation in foreign courts. 


“This is about holding anyone who supports terrorists accountable, and getting their victims the justice they deserve. I support this legislation and voted to override the President’s veto because foreign governments who sponsor terrorism should have to pay if they’re found liable of supporting terrorist attacks on American soil. As the law recognizes, sovereign immunity for legitimate government actions, including lawful warfare, remains an important principle which the U.S. and our international partners must continue to protect.

“As I said last week, I believe that a strong U.S.-Saudi military partnership is essential to our efforts to address ongoing challenges in the Middle East, a region that remains closely tied to our security.‎ This bill does not change that, but instead makes clear that those responsible for horrific crimes against our citizens will ultimately be held accountable under our justice system.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:03pm]


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