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Bill That Angers Saudi Arabia Splits Senate Democrats, Obama

  • Durbin, Schumer pushing measure to allow suits over Sept. 11
  • White House cites `long list of concerns' over proposal
Senator Charles Schumer, left, speaks to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 5, 2015.

Senator Charles Schumer, left, speaks to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 5, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Two U.S. Senate Democratic leaders said they’ll continue to push a Sept. 11-related bill that has angered Saudi Arabia and is opposed by President Barack Obama.

The measure, which would allow Saudi Arabia to be held responsible in U.S. courts for any role in the 2001 terrorist attacks, threatens to create a major rift with a key U.S. ally just as the president is gearing up for a diplomatic visit and pits Obama against many top Democrats.