House approves 9/11-Saudi Arabia bill

House of Representatives approves legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama expected to veto.

Ben Ariel, Canada ,

September 11 attack
September 11 attack

The House of Representatives on Friday approved by voice vote legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, CBS News reported.

In May, the Senate passed the measure, which was sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

The bill would allow victims of terror attacks on American soil or surviving family members to bring lawsuits against nation-states for activities supporting terrorism.

The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for approval, but the White House has already expressed opposition to the bill and threatened to veto it.

Speaking to CBS News’ Charlie Rose in April, Obama warned that the bill could have consequences that would, for example, allow people in other countries to sue the U.S.

“This is a matter of how generally the United States approaches our interactions with other countries. If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries,” Obama said at the time.

The bill’s passage comes before the 15th anniversary Sunday of the 2001 attacks that killed thousands in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Even if Obama vetoes the bill, however, it is possible Congress might have the votes to override his veto, according to CBS News.

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