Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid says Saudi Arabia is "not one of my favorite countries" and is shrugging off President Barack Obama's threat to veto widely supported legislation that would give the families of 9/11 victims the right to sue the Saudi government for damages.

Reid told reporters that he supports the legislation, which would give victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks that killed thousands in New York, the Washington, D.C., area and Pennsylvania.

It has breezed through both House and Senate without roll call votes.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

The upcoming battle could end in the first successful veto override of Obama's presidency.