Congress Overrides Veto to Permit Suing Saudi Arabia

Congress pushed through an act permitting the families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the country’s role in the terror attack.

The Senate pushed through a law permitting families of terror victims to sue officials of foreign governments if they were linked to terrorist attacks in defiance of President Barack Obama’s presidential veto of the bill.

The bill, called the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), had previously passed Congress but was vetoed by Obama. A motion to override the veto was voted on on Wednesday which passed the Senate by 97-1, with Democratic minority leader Harry Reid the only dissenting vote. The House followed suit hours later, voting 348-77 to override the presidential veto.

The bill authorizes “U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official,” according to the official summary on the website Congress.gov.
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