Senators Schumer, Blumenthal and Cornyn speak, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law

Senators Schumer, Blumenthal and Cornyn speak, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his presidency, just four months before it ends. The House of Representatives voted 348-77 against the veto, hours after the Senate rejected it 97-1, meaning the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” will become law. The vote was a blow to Obama and to Saudi Arabia, one of the United States’ longest-standing allies in the Arab world.

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