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GOP Leader Blames Obama For 9/11 Legislation

President Obama’s “failure to communicate” with lawmakers led to the first congressional override of one of his vetoes, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Huffington Post reported that the Kentucky Republican was referring to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which Obama refused to sign after it passed the Senate and House. Legislators voted to override the veto on Wednesday. The legislation permits 9/11 victims and their families to file lawsuits against the government of Saudi Arabia. A majority of the airplane hijackers involved in the attacks were Saudi citizens.

Obama warned that other countries might respond by taking legal action against the United States. HuffPost noted that foreign plaintiffs could cite drone killings and other U.S. actions. A White House spokesman called the veto override the “single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done” in many years.

McConnell argued that Obama was responsible for allowing Congress to pass the bill in the first place. “That was a good example, it seems to me, of a failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation,” the senator said. “By the time everybody seemed to focus on some potential consequences of it, members had already basically taken a position. I think it was just a ball dropped. I wish the president — I hate to blame everything on him, and I don’t — but it would have been helpful had we had a discussion about this much earlier than last week.”

Source: Huffington Post
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