UPDATE AT 4:44 P.M. EASTERN — Hillary Clinton's running mate Sen. Tim Kaine skipped the vote, even though he was 20 minutes away from the Capitol at another event held during today's session, according to the Washington Examiner.
The U.S. House of Representatives has just joined the U.S. Senate in denying Obama's veto — the first time this has happened in Obama's presidency, which threatens to bruise his legacy in his last few months in office.
According to Fox News, Obama had denied a bill that would have let the families of 9/11 victims sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
But even members of Obama's own party turned against him, such as Democrat New York Senator Charles Schumer, who said, “It’s very simple. If the Saudis were culpable, they should be held accountable. If they had nothing to do with 9/11, they have nothing to fear.”
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was the lone dissenting voice in a 97 to 1 vote.
Soon after the Senate voted to override the veto, the House agreed as well with a 348 to 77 vote.
Critics of the 9/11 bill like Obama have argued that, "As a result, our nation and its armed forces, State Department, intelligence officials and others may find themselves subject to lawsuits in foreign courts."
Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn has countered that the bill has been specifically worded to apply only to terrorist attacks on the U.S.
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