US Senate to vote on override of Saudi 9/11 bill

US Senate to vote on override of Saudi 9/11 bill


The US Senate will vote on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government of Saudi Arabia.
The revelation was made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday, Politico reported.

The Congress is expected to easily clinch the two-thirds support needed to override Obama’s veto, which would be the first veto override of his presidency, according to officials.

The legislation, known formally as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), sailed through Congress with no recorded objections earlier this year.

But with a veto override apparently imminent, some lawmakers, particularly ones who specialise in national security policy, have become increasingly vocal about their concerns with the bill.

Both the chairman and the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee – Republican Mac Thornberry of Texas and Democrat Adam Smith of Washington – are circulating letters urging lawmakers to oppose JASTA, Politico noted.

They have warned that the legislation could open up US officials abroad to retaliation.


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I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).