House Passes Bill That Would Allow 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudi Arabia
The White House said the bill sets a bad precedent, but victims said it would let them investigate if Saudi officials were involved in the attacks.By Ben Lawson, Lindsey Pulse | September 9, 2016
The House has passed a bill allowing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia over the country's alleged roles in the incidents.
On Friday, the House unanimously passed the bill — called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — that prevents countries accused of having ties to terrorism from invoking sovereign immunity in court.
Currently, any foreign country can invoke immunity in U.S. courts unless it has been explicitly designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. This bill would change that.