South Carolina’s senior U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is seeking to alter a bill that would give 9/11 survivors and others the right to sue Saudi Arabia.
According to the Post and Courier, Graham did say that if Congress and the president cannot reach a deal before an override vote is scheduled, he will vote to override.
Graham wants to modify the bill’s current version, saying he is not happy with the present language. The Republican said he wants a way for the 9/11 families to sue that does not come across as an unfriendly act towards Saudi Arabia. But his efforts creates the possibility that the bill’s passage could be delayed even longer.
The “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” (JASTA) passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the president earlier this month. However, President Obama said he would veto the legislation because it would harm the United States’ ally relationship with Saudi Arabia potentially create a situation where the U.S. could be sued in turn.
Lawmakers hope to vote to override the veto before they leave Washington in October, which means they have a very short time to act.