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Thursday, 29 September 2016

National Security: US Congress rejects Barack Obama's veto of 9/11 bill allowing families to sue Saudi Arabia

U.S. president Barack Obama says 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.

He says the bill will set a 'dangerous precedent' for individuals around the world to sue the U.S. government.
The US Congress has overwhelmingly voted to reject Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
The veto is the first 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.
The action means the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" will become law.
The vote was a blow to Obama as well as to Saudi Arabia, one of the United States' longest-standing allies in the Arab world.
Some lawmakers who supported the override already plan to revisit the issue.

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