Congress looks to over­ride Obama’s veto of 9 /11 bill

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Congress is poised to over­ride Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would al­low fam­i­lies of Sept. 11 vic­tims to sue Saudi Ara­bia for the king­dom’s al­leged back­ing of the ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the at­tacks that killed nearly 3,000 peo­ple.

The show­down is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day. Pro­po­nents of the leg­is­la­tion say they have enough votes for what would be a first: Dur­ing his nearly two full terms in of­fice, Obama has ve­toed nine bills. None has been over­rid­den.

While there is broad and bi­par­ti­san sup­port for buck­ing the pres­i­dent, the bill’s op­po­nents also are push­ing hard to keep the mea­sure from be­ing en­acted. They’re warn­ing the U.S. will be­come vul­ner­a­ble to re­tal­ia­tory lit­i­ga­tion in for­eign courts that could put Amer­i­can troops in le­gal jeop­ardy.

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