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Obama gets first veto override on 9/11 bill

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>> The White House not happy Wednesday after Congress slapped President Obama with the first veto override of his presidency. Forcing through a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.>> The bill on reconsideration is passed.>> The rebuke of Obama coming by a stunning 97 to 1 margin in the Senate.
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The bill carves out a 9/11 exception to a U.S. law protecting foreign governments from being sued in U.S. courts. While the government of Saudi Arabia has never been implicated in the attacks, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals, and many suspect Saudi citizens were backing them financially.
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Speaking at a CNN town hall Wednesday, President Obama calling the override a mistake, saying the bill could subject U.S. soldiers to reciprocal laws in other countries. Riyadh, at one point, threatened to sell hundreds of billions in U.S. assets if the law went through. But both the House and Senate approved the bill by wide margins, delivering a stunning blow to one of Washington's closest allies.
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Administration officials lining up against the override, CIA Director John Brennan saying it had grave implications for national security and Defense Chief Ash Carter saying it could undermine counter terrorism efforts overseas.