Bill To Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia Unanimously Passes Senate
The bill faces an uphill climb moving forward. The speaker of the House has already voiced serious concerns.By Eugene Daniels | May 17, 2016
Families of the victims of 9/11 are one step closer to being able to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the attacks. On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that would give American citizens the right to sue any foreign country that finances terrorism on U.S. soil.
Controversial doesn't even begin to describe the bill. Its opponents, which include the White House, are worried about how it would impact international relations, especially with Saudi Arabia. There's also concern about how it could affect Americans living in or traveling to foreign countries.
Sen. Chuck Schumer disagrees, saying, "Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court."