The US Senate has unanimously voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that allows victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to seek reparations from Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, the lawmakers voted 97-1 in favor of the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA),” which was vetoed by Obama last week, on the grounds that it would be “detrimental” to America’s national security interests and its key alliances.
“Today is an important one for the widows and children of those murdered on 9/11. As always, I stand with them,” Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who spearheaded the bill, said before the voting began.
The US House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the veto later on Wednesday. If the House also votes to override the presidential decree, the bill would become law regardless of Obama’s stance.
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