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Bill Nelson undecided on whether to vote to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill



Sen. Bill Nelson is “undecided” on whether to vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for the Florida Democrat offered that position following Obama’s action on Friday and says Nelson is focused on securing funding to fight the Zika virus.

The Senate, which approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act in May by unanimous consent, is expected to vote this week.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will join an override effort, his office said.

Obama has raised concerns about how the legislation could lead to retaliation from foreign governments and rattle relations with an ally. Some lawmakers, including Republicans, share that viewpoint but proponents of the bill are confident they have the two-thirds majority needed.

The House is also planning a vote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1:30am]


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