Obama Vetoes Saudi 9/11 Legislation, Opening Override Battle

  • Measure passed unopposed, risking first Obama veto override
  • Enactment would anger Saudi Arabia, key U.S. Middle East ally

President Barack Obama attends a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on Sept. 19, 2016, in New York City.

Photographer: Anthony Behar-Pool/Getty Images

President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, setting the stage for a fight that may end with the first veto override of his presidency.

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