President Obama will veto legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, the White House said Monday.
“That is still the plan. The president does plan to veto this legislation,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. “I do anticipate the president will veto the legislation when it is presented to him. It hasn’t been presented to him yet.”
Those comments are the clearest indication yet Obama plans to veto the bipartisan legislation, opening up the possibility Congress could override an Obama veto for the first time.
Earnest had strongly hinted for the past several months that the president would reject the bill, but he had not issued a full veto threat before.
Obama has come under heavy pressure from Democratic lawmakers and 9/11 victims’ families who back the legislation not to veto the bill.
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