Over the past few months, a bill has been debated that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. This coincided with the revelation of the “28 pages” of classified information from the 9/11 Commission Report, which are believed to show a direct link between the Saudi government and 9/11 hijackers.
According to Top Right News, Obama refused to declassify the documents within the 60-day timeframe congress gave him. However, The Hill just reported that the Senate will not be waiting for his decision before taking action.
On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying “aggressive opposition” from the Obama White House. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved by a unanimous vote, much to Obama’s dismay.
“This bill is very near and dear to my heart as a New Yorker because it would allow the victims of 9/11 to pursue some small measure of justice,” said Chuck Schumer. “[This is] another example of the [John] Cornyn-Schumer collaboration, which works pretty well around here.”
This legislation is now heading to the House, where lawmakers have introduced their own version of it. Saudi Arabia is reportedly livid about the bill, with top Saudi officials threatening to sell off billions of dollars in U.S. assets if Congress approves it.
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