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U.S. Senate overrides President Obama’s veto of 9/11 lawsuit bill

FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama participates in a receiving line with the Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions. The kingdom maintains an arsenal of tools to retaliate with, including curtailing official contacts, pulling billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, and enlisting its lockstep Gulf allies to scale back counterterrorism cooperation, investments and U.S. access to important regional air bases.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers.

Senators voted 97-1 Wednesday to override Obama’s decision to scuttle the bill. The override vote came even as the president and top military officials warned the measure could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.

A House vote is expected later Wednesday. If the House also overrides, the bill becomes law.

During his nearly two terms in office, Obama has never had a veto overridden by Congress.

Families of the victims disputed Obama’s reasons for vetoing the bill and pushed lawmakers to overturn his decision.

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