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Congress OK's bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis

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>> The question is>> Days before the 9/11 anniversary, Congress unanimously passing a bill enabling families of the victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages. The rare voice vote approval greeted with cheers in the House chamber.>>
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>> A majority of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia but Riyadh has long denied any involvement.
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Yara Bayoumy is on the story.>> There has been a lot of investigation including the 9/11 commission. Ultimately, the commission has said that the government was not aware. But this is an issue that is very emotional in the United States and there are certainly a lot of lawmakers and a lot of individuals who believe that there is still evidence some individuals in the Saudi government had actually been helping individuals who were then found to be involved in the attacks.
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>> The Saudis have threatened to unload hundreds of billions in US bond holdings if the bill went through. President Obama is expected to veto the bill, leery of enraging a close Mideast ally and warning of reprisal suits against Americans. If Obama does reject the bill passed months ago by the Senate, backers may have the votes to override his veto for the first time in his nearly eight years in office.