Can’t be seen voting against the emperor…
(Washington Examiner) – Hillary Clinton’s running mate was one of two senators who skipped a critical vote on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of a bill allowing relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government.
Despite holding an event 20 minutes away from the Capitol at 9 a.m., Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was not present when the Senate began voting around noon to override the president’s veto.
In a three-page statement accompanying his veto, Obama had said the bipartisan bill, passed by both chambers of Congress earlier this month, “threatens to reduce the effectiveness of our response to indications that a foreign government has taken steps outside our borders to provide support for terrorism, by taking matters out of the hands of national security and foreign policy professionals and placing them in the hands of private litigants and courts.”
The Senate voted 97-1 to override the veto with House Minority Leader Harry Reid aligning himself with Obama and casting the sole “no” vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who spent Wednesday campaigning with Clinton in New Hampshire, was the only other senator to skip the vote.