Just hours after passing a law to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts that overrode President Barack Obama’s veto, senate’s top Republican are now blaming the president for not warning them of the “unintended ramifications” of their own legislation.
During a press conference Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the White House was too slow to warn about the “potential consequences” of the measure. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode Obama’s veto of the measure on Wednesday.
McConnell said that the dynamic involving the bill was the result of Obama’s “failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation that was obviously very popular.”
However, days before criticism started blowing up around the world over the legislation, Republicans accused Obama of doing too much to kill the bill they are now worried about. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in particular was angry about it.
“The administration has worked to undercut progress of this legislation at every turn,” Cornyn said in April on the Senate floor.
“I wish the President and his aides would spend as much time and energy working with us in a bipartisan manner as they have working against us trying to prevent victims of terrorism from receiving the justice they deserve,” he added.
Now top Republicans are working with Democrats on proposed fixes to the law, McConnell said.
H/T: Huffington Post.