President Obama has said Congress made a "mistake" by overriding his veto and pushing through a bill that allows legal action against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks, BBC reported on Thursday.
He said the bill would set a "dangerous precedent"
for individuals around the world to sue the US government. Wednesday
was the first time Obama's veto power was overruled.
The Senate voted 97-1 and the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) legislation make it possible for victims' families to sue any member of the Saudi government suspected of playing a role in the 9/11 attacks.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, but the country, which is a key US ally, has denied any role in the attacks, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.
While US intelligence raised suspicions about some of the hijackers' connections, no link has been proven to support claims that Saudi officials provided financial support to the suspects.
President Obama told CNN on Wednesday: "It's a dangerous precedent and it's an example of why sometimes you have to do what's hard. And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what's hard.”"It has to do with me not wanting a situation where we're suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we're doing all around the world and suddenly finding ourselves subject to private lawsuits,"
But families of the victims and their lawyers have dismissed these concerns."We rejoice in this triumph and look forward to our day in court and a time when we may finally get more answers regarding who was truly behind the attacks,"
said Terry Strada, national chair of the 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism.