In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, as seen from the New Jersey Turnpike near Kearny, N.J., smoke billows from the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York after airplanes crashed into both towers. (AP Photo/Gene Boyars)
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The U.S. Congress Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his eight-year presidency.The House of Representatives voted 348-76 against the veto, hours after the Senate rejected it 97-1, meaning the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" will be law.Schumer represents New York, the site of the World Trade Center and home to many of the 3,000 people killed in the 2001 attacks, attack survivors and families of victims.He led the fight for the legislation in the Senate, with Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican. Relations with Washington had already cooled well before the 9/11 bill sailed through both chambers of Congress.
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