The U.S. Congress passed a bill called Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JUSTA). The President vetoed the bill citing it opened up the U.S. to a slew of similar laws in other countries that would affect us.
The Congress yesterday overrode that veto. Now, they are having second thoughts about that override vote. And, in typical Republican form, they are looking for a scapegoat.
A little history on the bill. As it was moving through Congress earlier this year, Republicans in congress claimed that the President was trying to “kill the bill at every turn”.
Republican Senator John Cornyn said:
Unfortunately, the administration has worked to undercut progress of this legislation at every turn.
It appears that the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to keep this bill from moving forward before the president’s visit to Riyadh. 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.
That comment came back in April. So, Republicans were complaining about the President trying to stop the passage of the bill long before they passed it.
Now they are trying to sing another tune. 28 Senators wrote a letter to Mitch McConnell complaining about “unintended consequences ” this bill might cause the United States. Mitch McConnell announced he is looking at rewriting the bill because of those “unintended consequences.”
So it would appear that the President was right when he tried to kill the bill. Unfortunately, McConnell, needing a scapegoat to place the blame conveniently looked towards the President.
That was a good example, it seems to me, of a failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation. By the time everybody seemed to focus on some potential consequences of it, members had already basically taken a position.
I think it was just a ball dropped. I wish the president — I hate to blame everything on him, and I don’t — but it would have been helpful had he, uh, we had a discussion about this much earlier than last week.
Cornyn was even more blistering in criticism. He said:
What’s so remarkable to me is the detachment of this White House from anything to do with the legislative process. They were basically missing in action during this whole process.
In April they were saying the President was trying to kill the bill. Now that they passed a flawed bill and overrode the President’s veto, they are suddenly complaining that the administration was “missing action” during the process.
How history changes month by moth according to Republicans. In another post, I urged everyone to help wipe out the Republicans from the top of the ticket all the way down to local governments. I urged this action so we can get the real Republicans to take their party back so we can work together again.
This bill and its revised history just from April by the Republicans is proof of their inability to even look reasonable much less act like they are reasonable. It is further proof that today’s Republican Party is Trump’s party and deserves the same “unfit to serve” category as he does.
This is a perfect example of the old joke: If a tree falls in the forest and Fox News isn’t there to cover the fall, is it still President Obama’s fault? Today’s Republican Party simply has no shame nor morals.