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.
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.
If the Saudis did nothing wrong, they should not fear JASTA legislation. If they were culpable in 9/11, they should be held accountable.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 23, 2016
Proponents of the bill argue Saudi Arabia should face justice regardless.
Others said they were "disappointed" by Obama's veto.
ThinkProgress, Sen. Bob Corker, & Hussein Ibish all argue against JASTA (Saudi 9/11 bill) warning it empowers drone victims lol— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 23, 2016
And another critic found the bill hypocritical.
But some Twitter users thought the harm would outweigh the good.
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