U.S. Braces for Saudi Reaction to Congress Vote

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President Barack Obama maintains Congress made a “mistake” on Wednesday when it voted to override his veto of a bill allowing U.S. families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials. The bill overwhelmingly passed into law by a vote of 97-1 in the Senate and by 348-77 in the House of Representatives.  Its passage marked the first veto override of the Obama Presidency.

During a CNN presidential town hall, Obama said the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act (JASTA), could expose U.S. companies, troops, and officials to potential lawsuits overseas.  CIA Director John Brennan said the vote had “grave implications” for national security.

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