USA*Engage Condemns JASTA Vote

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Washington, DC - Today, the House (348-77) and Senate (97-1) voted to override President Obama's veto of S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). USA*Engage had previously urged Congress to sustain the President's veto, because of potential harm to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.   Richard Sawaya, Vice President of USA*Engage, released the following statement responding to the vote.  

"The Congressional vote to override the President's veto, while understandable, is regrettable.  We applaud Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker's effort to work with Ranking Member Ben Cardin to craft a prudential alternative that will not do violence to U.S. foreign policymaking and harm U.S. strategic interests."

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USA*Engage (www.usaengage.org) is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org), USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.