The Senate voted Wednesday to give families of 9/11 victims the right to sue the Saudi Arabian government, overriding President Obama’s veto for the first time.
The vote was lopsided, with 97 Senators voting in favor of the override, well above the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s objection. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid cast the lone “no” vote. Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va. and Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. did not vote.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) would, among other things, give families of Sept. 11 victims the right to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the terrorism attacks. The House is likely to take up the same vote by the end of this week.