Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Obama Vetoes Israel Embassy Bill as 114th Congress Draws to Close

After a productive final session of the U.S. House of Representatives, President Obama vetoed HR 21, which would have relocated the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill had passed on a vote of 18-12.

The veto came shortly after the bill's author, Rep. Robert Dold (R - Illinois), called Obama an "imperial president" to his face. A White House source denied that the insult was the cause of the veto, noting that the President had already threatened to veto the bill.

Since the Congress has already adjourned for the year, there will not be a chance for Congress to override the President's veto. Most members have already returned to their districts to campaign for reelection.

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