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Senate votes to allow 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia

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 DarkKnightNomeD    2,152

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Senate votes to allow 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia



The Senate on Tuesday easily passed a bill President Obama opposes that would allow the families of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government.

The legislation passed by voice vote and encountered no objections from anyone in the Senate chamber, despite opposition from Obama and a strong signal recently from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the bill will go nowhere on the other side of the Capitol.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said if the House takes up and passes the bill, there would be enough support in the Senate to override a presidential veto.

"We would easily get [the two-thirds majority] should the president veto it," said Schumer, the number-three Democrat.

Schumer co-sponsored the legislation with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.

The bipartisan nature of the measure and the status of Schumer and Cornyn as top Senate leaders no doubt played a role in getting the bill passed quickly despite objections earlier this year.

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