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Kaine Dodges Veto Override Vote, Despite Being Ten Miles Away

- September 28, 2016

TODAY, IN A NEARLY UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN VOTE, THE SENATE VOTED TO OVERRIDE OBAMA'S VETO ON JASTA

Today, The Senate Voted To Override Obama's Veto On The Justice Against Sponsors Of Terrorism Act, Which Allows Lawsuits Against Foreign Sponsors Of Terror. "The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Obama's veto of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism, setting up an almost certain and historic defeat for the White House on the bill." (Donovan Slack And Brian J. Tumulty, "Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Override Obama Veto On 9/11 Bill," USA Today , 9/28/16)

Kaine Was Ten Miles Away From The Senate Earlier This Morning, But Missed The Veto Override Vote

Kaine Was Not Present For This Critical Vote. (S. 2040, Veto Overridden 97-1; R 54-0; D 43-1, NV 2; 9/28/16, Kaine Not Voting)

  • Kaine Was In Alexandria, Virginia For An Event This Morning, About Ten Miles From The Senate. ("Tim Kaine And Senator John Warner In Northern Virginia," Hillary For America, 9/28/16)

Even Obama's Allies In The Senate Voted For The Veto Override

"Even Obama's Democratic Allies On Capitol Hill Voted To Override The Veto," With A Final Vote Count Of 97-1. "But after an intense, lengthy push by 9/11 survivors and families of victims who want to sue Saudi Arabia based on claims the country played a role in the 2001 terror attack, even Obama's Democratic allies on Capitol Hill voted to override his veto. The final vote tally was 97-1. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-.Nev., cast the sole vote against override." (Donovan Slack And Brian J. Tumulty, "Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Override Obama Veto On 9/11 Bill," USA Today , 9/28/16)

  • Obama Vetoed The Legislation This Past Friday. "Obama vetoed the legislation Friday because he said the bill - known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA - would infringe on the president's ability to conduct foreign policy. It was the 12th veto of his presidency." (Donovan Slack And Brian J. Tumulty, "Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Override Obama Veto On 9/11 Bill," USA Today , 9/28/16)

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