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Congress votes to reject President Obama’s veto on 9/11 lawsuit

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 29 Sep 2016 2:30 AM GMT

Congress votes to reject President Obama’s veto on 9/11 lawsuit
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New York: In a major setback for US President Barack Obama, Congress on Wedneday overturned his veto, passing into law a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in the 2001 terrorist attack.

Democrats in massive numbers joined the Rebublicans to deliver a historic rebuke to the President.

Only one senator voted for President while 97 others voted against him. In the House, the veto override was approved a few hours later, 348 to 77.

What is the law?

  • The 1976 law of granting broad immunity from American lawsuits would be amended.
  • The nations, if involved in terrorist attacks on US soil, would now be sued in federal court.

What Obama said?

  • Victims of 9/11 terrorist attack have fought for 15 long years to make sure to those responsible are held accountable.
  • Thousands of innocent men, women and children were killed and several thousands were injured.
  • We rejoice in this triumph and look forward to our day in court and a time when we may finally get more answers regarding who was truly behind the attacks.
  • Enacting JASTA into law, however, would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.
  • Doing so would instead threaten to erode sovereign principles that protect US, including our Armed Forces and other officials, overseas.
  • That is why I vetoed the bill and why I believe you should have voted to sustain the veto.

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Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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