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Congress Easily Overrides Obama Veto of Saudi 9/11 Lawsuit Bill

  • Measure becomes law, risking backlash from key Mideast ally
  • White House lobbying against bill not enough to sway lawmakers
President Barack Obama responds to a question in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 16, 2016, in Washington.

President Barack Obama responds to a question in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 16, 2016, in Washington.

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Congress turned aside a last-ditch lobbying effort by the White House and Saudi Arabia Wednesday and overrode President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the kingdom to be sued for involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The emotions of the bill, powered by the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks, overcame the administration’s concerns that the measure could set a precedent that could put U.S. personnel overseas at risk.