President Obama vetoed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Texas Senator John Cornyn was one of the sponsors of the bill and he says he finds the decision disappointing.
The bill is called the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act", and along with New York Senator Charles Schumer, Cornyn introduced that legislation.
Lawmakers and families of the victims have been lobbying for the bill to sue Saudi Arabia. They say the country played a large role and were tied to the hijackers of those four planes that went down on September 11, 2001. Cornyn said in a statement this was an opportunity for families to hold those behind the attack, accountable.
The White House argues this would only open Pandora's box allowing other countries to sue U.S. diplomats and servicemen.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who typically agrees with the president, says in this case, the families deserved this opportunity.
“I think that members think that the families should have their day in court. I think the concerns that the president has expressed are very legitimate. The families think that they have addressed many of those concerns in the legislation," said Pelosi.
At this point Congress can override Obama's veto. 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in 9/11 were Saudi Arabia citizens.