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Senate poised to override Obama veto of 9-11 legislation

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, April 21, 2016. AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

WASHINGTON – The Senate is poised to reject President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

An override vote is scheduled for Wednesday even as lawmakers and senior U.S. government officials say the legislation could backfire on the United States. A group of senators say that during a post-election, lame-duck session of Congress they’ll discuss ways to improve the measure.

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The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, says there are enough votes to override Obama’s veto.

With congressional elections just over a month away, many lawmakers are reluctant to oppose a measure backed by 9-11 families who say they are still seeking justice nearly 15 years after the attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

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