The motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on Capitol Hill before he meets with House and Senate Democrats in private, July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages, despite the White House's threat to veto the measure.The bill's passage in the House by voice vote, two days before the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed about 3,000 people, was greeted with cheers and applause in the chamber.The Saudi government, which strongly denies responsibility, has lobbied against the bill.The White House Friday reiterated that President Barack Obama would veto the bill.The House passed the measure by voice vote, without objections or recorded individual votes.
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