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