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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate voted to let families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia despite Obama's veto



UPDATE (12:23 p.m. EST):

The Senate has overridden Obama's veto. Two-thirds of the Senators needed to vote "yes" for the override to pass.

The final vote was 97-1. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was the only "no."

The House of Representatives will also vote on this bill.

The Senate is poised to reject President Obama's veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers express fears the legislation could backfire on the United States.

With an election looming, a majority in Congress approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), supported by families of 9/11 victims. It initially passed both the House and Senate by voice vote and is expected to pass again. This would be the first time Obama's veto was overridden if it happens.

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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. As defense chief for a president who famously envisioned “a world without nuclear weapons,” Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them. He has been quiet on a range of nuclear issues, including the Pentagon’s efforts to correct an array of morale, training, discipline and resource problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps. This is all the more notable for the fact that Carter, a physicist by training and policy wonk by reputation, cut his professional teeth on nuclear weapons during the Cold War. This quiet approach is expected to end when Carter visits Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged lawmakers not to pass the bill, saying that it could be devastating to the U.S. military.

Obama has said if the bill passes, foreign governments could return fire by allowing lawsuits against the United States, particularly in cases where the U.S. military killed or injured civilians.

Normally, the political doctrine of "sovereign immunity" prevents one country from suing another. But if the bill passes and other countries respond in kind, the United States might be forced to reveal sensitive information because it could be critical to a lawsuit.

Proponents of the bill argue Saudi Arabia should face justice regardless.

Others said they were "disappointed" by Obama's veto.

And another critic found the bill hypocritical.

But some Twitter users thought the harm would outweigh the good.

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