Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to delay the Senate recess to override President Barack Obama’s expected veto of the 9/11 bill, McConnell told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.
“Both of those we’ll have to deal with before we depart,” McConnell told reporters, referencing the veto override as well as a separate measure that aims to block arm sales in Saudi Arabia.
The bill allows families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government within the U.S. legal system.
Before the announcement, the Senate was expected to recess before Friday, but McConnell said that it was “safe to say” the Senate will still be in session through next week.
The Obama administration opposes the 9/11 bill, arguing it could open U.S. citizens abroad to legal attacks from Saudi Arabia.
In the meantime, several vulnerable senators are experiencing very tight poll numbers in their respective elections. Sen. Richard Burr has yet to attend any campaign events in North Carolina, and won’t do so until the Senate has concluded its business.
Sens. Mark Kirk and Pat Toomey are regarded by experts as the most vulnerable senators in the 2016 election season. Toomey has a slim one-point lead in the latest Quinnipiac University poll against Katie McGinty. Kirk trails Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth by five points, 41 percent to 36 percent in the latest Loras University poll.
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