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U.S. to vote on Obama’s veto of Saudi September 11 bill on Wednesday

U.S. to vote on Obama’s veto of Saudi September 11 bill on WednesdayThe U.S. Senate has set a Wednesday vote on whether to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing relatives of victims in the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

The vote, approved by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, would be the first action in an attempt by lawmakers to override Obama's September 23 veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

Now both, the Senate and House of Representatives, have to get two-thirds of lawmakers support to override the veto.

Known as JASTA, the legislation passed the Senate and House in reaction to long-running suspicions, denied by Saudi Arabia, that hijackers of the four U.S. jetliners that attacked the United States in 2001 were backed by the Saudi government.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

In vetoing the bill, Obama warned that other countries could use the law as an excuse to sue U.S. diplomats, members of the military or companies, even for actions of foreign organizations that had received U.S. aid, equipment or training.

McConnell said Wednesday's vote will follow two hours of debate divided between Republicans and Democrats. No time for the vote has been set.
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