In a historic vote Wednesday afternoon, the Senate passed a bill that had been previously vetoed by President Obama with an amazing 97 to 1 count. The bill is aimed at helping the families of 9/11 and has a provision allowing these families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for their involvement in the tragedy. Obama had threatened that he would veto the bill if it came across his desk.
The only hold out was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The two missing votes were Hillary’s VP pick Tim Kaine and her runner-up Bernie Sanders.
The bill now goes to the House for their overriding vote. If they are also successful, then the bill will pass into law and mark the first time that Obama has been overruled in his presidency.
As multiple senators have said, we must send a signal to the rest of the world that it is not acceptable to help or harbor anyone who would do us harm of this scale. I am eager to see what Saudi Arabia’s response to the bill’s passing is and what this will mean to the struggling families of victims and first responders.
Did it finally happen? Are the dark days of ineffective and corrupt congress behind us and are the Democrats finally willing to stand up to Obama for what’s right? Let us know what you think.