Franken, Klobuchar to override presidential veto on terrorism lawsuits
WASHINGTON – In a rare rebuke, Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken plan to override President Obama’s veto of a measure that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot.
The Wednesday vote is setting up an extraordinary confrontation between Democrats and a president in the final months of his term, a leader to whom Minnesota’s two senators have displayed nearly lockstep allegiance. The major disagreement on foreign policy between Obama and congressional Democrats has led to what could be the first congressional override of a veto during Obama’s presidency.
Franken and Klobuchar were both original sponsors of the measures, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, that will allow families of the Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia directly for any role in the attack.