Senate Democrats are rethinking their universal support of a veto override on the bill that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue the Saudi Arabian Government amid the Obama administration’s concerns about the potential ramifications on the matter.
President Obama voiced concerns over the bill, saying that it would open up U.S. officials and citizens abroad to potential legal action in foreign courts, according to Politico.
“I do have some second thoughts with respect to that,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Politico. “I think it could bring on a whole host of unintended consequences.”
Other Democrats like House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer want to see the official reasoning when President Obama formally vetoes the bill before he makes a decision on whether or not to support the veto override.
“I think it would be incorrect for any member to think this is a very simple issue, that it may not have ramifications for the United States in other venues around the world,” Hoyer said. “Having said that, I will reiterate, I share and there is great sympathy among the Senate, the House, bipartisan, to assure that the American families who have suffered great grief and loss have an avenue to address their grievances.”
Some top Republicans also voiced potential opposition to the veto override, but were quickly brought in line by families of victims that are lobbying hard for the bill. According to lobbying groups, Republicans like Sens. Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham are asking “far more than the families and survivors should ever be asked to accept” by seeking to delay passing the veto override.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin agreed with the “premise” of the bill, but realized that “some colleagues, in this case Graham and Corker have raised questions about whether or not there ought to be some modifications. I’ve talked with Sen. [Chuck] Schumer, there already have been modifications made.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would delay recess until the veto override was voted on and approved Tuesday, a decision that could have ramifications for a number of vulnerable Senators who need to return to the campaign trail.
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