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Dems 'Not Worried' About Backlash From Obama's Veto of Saudi 9/11 Bill

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 02:11 PM

President Barack Obama has until Friday to veto a 9/11 bill that would allow the victims' families and friends to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terror attack — a veto that could drive another stake through the already decisive presidential campaign.

Obama has vowed to veto the bill, which was passed by both Houses of Congress. A veto could give fuel to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he ties Democrat Hillary Clinton to Obama.

Congressional Democrats, however, didn't sound overly concerned during interviews with The Hill Thursday.

"He's going to demagogue this, as he's demagogued every other issue," Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, (D-Ill.) said, reports the Hill. "And you know, for a couple of days, it'll be the news of the day. But since he can't stay on message, it's like, OK, two days and then it's over.

"I'm not that worried about it."

"I just don't think that Donald Trump has any credibility on national security issues, so it doesn't concern me," Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York said. "On Election Day, people are going to be casting their vote on who's fit on national security, not a veto on [the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act]."

Obama wants to employ his veto powers in this case because he's worried about the precedent a bill like this would set. He's also concerned about the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The GOP-controlled House and Senate will work to override Obama's veto if he goes through with it.

"I worry about legal matters. I worry about trial lawyers trying to get rich off of this. And I do worry about the precedence. At the same time, these victims do need to have their day in court," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies is an expert on Middle East matters. He spoke to The Washington Post about the Saudi 9/11 bill, which he is against, and said it can create a "dangerous" situation.

"It's dangerous when states get into other countries' courts," Alterman said. "What the president is imagining is this will create an environment where every court system in the world starts bringing the United States up on charges in foreign courts, and the United States has to defend itself.

"And when you go down that road, you spend all of your time dealing with judgments from courts that are not often honest. And it becomes a huge obstacle for getting things done."

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President Barack Obama has until Friday to veto a 9/11 bill that would allow the victims' families and friends to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terror attack — a veto that could drive another stake through the already decisive presidential campaign.
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