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House to vote on Sept. 11 legislation as veto threat looms

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WASHINGTON — The House is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

Passage of the bill Friday sets the stage for a showdown with the White House on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks.

President Barack Obama has signaled he would veto the legislation over concerns about exposing Americans overseas to legal risks. The administration says if the door is opened for U.S. citizens to take the Saudis to court, then a foreign country could sue the United States in turn.

The Senate passed the bill in May by voice vote despite the strident objections from Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.