In waning days of Barack Obama’s time in office, a final ignominy: Will Congress override the president?

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to supersede President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill permitting relatives of casualties in the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults to sue Saudi Arabia.

Obama on Friday vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would permit courts to forgo cases to remote sovereign insusceptibility in cases including psychological militant assaults on U.S. soil, contending it would set an unsafe point of reference.

Known as JASTA, the enactment passed the Senate and House in response to long-running suspicions — denied by Saudi Arabia — that thieves of the four U.S. jetliners that assaulted the United States in 2001 were upheld by the Saudi government.


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