Congress overturns a veto by President Obama for the first time today on Capitol Hill. The move allows victims of 9/11 to sue the Saudi Arabian government. One Idaho man who lost his 26-year-old brother on 9/11 is glad to see Congress working together.
"I'm really encouraged by the fact that our government actually got together and acted together to accomplish that," says Ryan Howell. "More than anything, that's the part that makes me happy."
But while he does not begrudge anyone who tries, Howell says he has no interest in suing Saudi Arabia.
President Obama says allowing such lawsuits sets a dangerous precedent.
"It has to do with me not wanting a situation in which we're suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work we're doing around the world," Howell agrees. "I'd hate for other countries to sue our country because of something one rogue person did."
The White House and some members of Congress are already looking for ways to alter the legislation in an effort to protect U.S. interests.