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Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill

The measure next goes to the House of Representatives, which is due to vote later on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reject President Barack Obama 's veto of a bill allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of Obama 's eight-year-long presidency.

The vote was 348-76, well above the two-thirds majority needed for an override. The Senate earlier opposed the veto by 97-1, so the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" will become law.

The veto override is a blow to Obama , and to Saudi Arabia, one of the longest-standing U.S. allies in the Arab world.

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