House Passed Bill Allowing 9/11 Victim's Families To Sue Saudi Arabia. Obama Likely To Veto It
Congress is set to send the president a bill to give the families of 9/11 victims the chance to sue Saudi Arabia over alleged support for terrorism that led to the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Congress on Friday sent President Obama a bill that would allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to terrorism, but advocates of the legislation worry it could be defeated by a presidential veto.
The House passed the legislation by voice vote with leaders calling it a “moral imperative” to allow victims’ families to seek justice for the deaths of loved ones as the country marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon.
But bill supporters are bracing for a veto fight with the White House, which argues the bill could harm the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia and establish a legal precedent that jeopardizes American officials overseas. Advocates for the legislation are also warily eyeing the congressional calendar over fears the administration may try to pocket veto the legislation if lawmakers leave Washington soon to focus on the election.