President Obama Will Veto Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia

PHOTO: United States President Barack Obama makes a statement prior to vetoing H.R. 1735, "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016," in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Oct. 22, 2015.PlayAude Guerrucci/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
WATCH Congress Approves a Bill to Allow Families of 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

President Obama will veto a bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced today.

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"That is still the plan," Earnest said. "The president does intend to veto this legislation."

He added, "It's not hard to imagine other countries using this law as an excuse to haul U.S. diplomats or U.S. service members or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world."

The measure, which passed the House and Senate by a voice vote, would give families of 9/11 victims the ability to sue Saudi Arabia for any alleged involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A presidential veto could spur Congress to consider a veto override, which has not successfully occurred during Obama's administration.

The House passed the bill last Friday just before the 15th anniversary of the attacks. The Senate had approved the measure in May. Prior to its passage, the White House had indicated that the president would veto the legislation.

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