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McConnell, Ryan Admit Saudi 9/11 Bill Needs Fixing

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By    |   Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 04:20 PM

Republican leaders in Congress are having some second thoughts about overriding a presidential veto on a bill that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the attacks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the legislation might need to be altered in some way. The law, he said, puts members of the U.S. military stationed overseas at risk of legal troubles.

"We want to make sure the 9/11 victims and their families had their day in court," Ryan said Thursday, according to The Hill. "At the same time, I would like to think that there may be some work to be done to protect our service members overseas from any kind of legal ensnarements that occur, any kind of retribution."

Added Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "I do think it's worth further discussions, but it was certainly not something that was going to be fixed this week."

Both houses of Congress passed the bill but President Barack Obama used his veto powers to strike it down, saying it would "upset longstanding international principles regarding sovereign immunity."

The House joined the Senate in voting Wednesday to override the veto, which forced the bill into law.

"There's a desire to amend what occurred yesterday to put us in a better place," said Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, The Hill reported.

The White House blasted Congress' decision to go above the president and erase his veto of the bill that had bipartisan support.

"This is the single most embarrassing thing this United States Senate has done possibly since 1983," spokesman Josh Earnest said. 

Earnest took his criticisms a step further Thursday, saying the reservations being expressed by Congressional leaders show they're having "buyer's remorse."

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