President Obama is holding off on a veto of legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in hopes that lawmakers can be persuaded to withdraw their support for the bill.

The White House received the legislation on Monday after it unanimously passed the House and Senate. Obama aides have said he will veto it, putting him at risk of the first veto override of his presidency.

But White House officials have repeatedly declined to say when the veto will occur.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest on Friday refused to give a timeline. It was at least the third time this week he had declined to do so.

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