The US House of Representatives joined the Senate Wednesday in overriding President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
The House voted 348-77 to reject the veto shortly after a 97-1 Senate vote to override it, the first such rebuke in Obama’s eight year presidency.
The Senate’s overwhelming 97-1 vote was more than enough to clear the two-thirds threshold needed to override the veto.
The bill now becomes law without Obama’s signature.
The result could prompt Saudi Arabia to delay its first international bond out of concern that some investors may balk over the issue, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Saudi Arabian officials haven’t made a decision yet on the timing of the bond or the amount they plan to raise, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said in a statement to Bloomberg.