Senators vote to override Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, plumes of smoke rise from the World Trade Center buildings in New York. The Empire State building is seen in the foreground. For years, a handful of current and former American officials have been urging President Barrack Obama to release secret files that they believe document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Other officials, including the executive director of the 9-11 commission, have said the classified documents don’t prove that the Saudi government knew about or financed the attacks_and that making them public would fuel bogus conspiracy theories. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has rejected President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers.

Senators voted 97-1 Wednesday to override Obama’s decision to scuttle the bill. The override vote came even as the president and top military officials warned the measure could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.

A House vote is expected later Wednesday. If the House also overrides, the bill becomes law.

During his nearly two terms in office, Obama has never had a veto overridden by Congress.

Families of the victims disputed Obama’s reasons for vetoing the bill and pushed lawmakers to overturn his decision.

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