Skip to comments.Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
Posted on 05/17/2016 12:51:15 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying vocal opposition from the White House.
The upper chamber approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act by unanimous consent.
"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," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. "[This is] another example of the [John] Cornyn-Schumer collaboration, which works pretty well around here."
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. Schumer said he wouldnt uphold a veto, and expects that most senators wouldn't, either.
"I think we easily get the two-thirds override if the president should veto," Schumer said.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he and Schumer are talking with leadership in both parties to get an "expedited" vote on the bill in the House.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest reiterated Obama's opposition to the bill on Tuesday.
Given the concerns we have expressed, its difficult to imagine the president signing this legislation, Earnest said.
The bill would allow victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil or surviving family members to bring lawsuits against nation-states for activities supporting terrorism.
Despite bipartisan support for the legislation, it hit a snag last month when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he was blocking the legislation over concerns it would open up the U.S. to lawsuits from foreigners accusing Washington of supporting terrorism.
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I don’t like these bills. One days someone from ISIS will sue us and we’ll be dumb enough to pay.
Not a Trump bump...but interesting nonetheless.
We’re already dumb enough to pay - Obams’s still in office...
This can only mean one thing. A whole lot of US Senators are afraid of losing their next election.
I think we need to look at it, Ryan told reporters at the Capitol. I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and that were not catching people in this that shouldnt be caught up in this.”
Oust Ryan, the Saudis are certainly NOT our G-D D_MNED ALLIES!
“A whole lot of US Senators are afraid of losing their next election.”
They know that voter fraud won’t carry the day this time.Plus incumbents are seen as the enemy these days.
You don’t have to open it up to every foreigner. Just write the law such that only Americans can access US courts. And as for opening America up for its support of terrorists, there are a few people around the world right now with a damn good case.... Syrians killed by our Al Qeida we appropriated money to support. Hundreds of Mexicans murdered in fast and furious. Etc... maybe we shouldn’t support terrorists.
We should have stayed the hell out of the ME and got some of our own damned oil elsewhere.
I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies”
An ally, who attacked us. What is in the 28 pages?
A piece of legislation they want to read before passing...we should make sure all future bills have something in it related to allowing victims justice against sponsors of terrorism.
Will not be surprised that if Mr. Trump becomes President, this could very well be a reality.
but Saudi Arabia is broke
This is supposed to be the trigger for the Saudis to sell their US government debt and the dollar/economy to collapse.
Offering to the senate this suggestion: Read every word on every last page. Be more than certain that this ‘law’ would be used to do the RIGHT thing and not hijacked by our enemies who would salivate in turning our laws back upon WTP, forever enslaving WTP to do their bidding. Pandora’s Box might be the result if written and instated.
not only that, you know Trump will come out in favor of the bill...
this is a lose/lose proposition for hillary:
-support the bill and she’ll p!ss off obama
- don’t support the bill and she’ll p!ss off America
“We should have stayed the hell out of the ME and got some of our own damned oil elsewhere.”
Exactly! And we should be fracking, etc., here to fill our own domestic needs and cut the string with SA. Without our petrodollars, the “kingdom” will collapse. Even $40 a barrel oil isn’t enough to keep these Fat EFFer’s above water financially. Ditto for Russia and Iran. I read somewhere recently that all of them have to have $100+ a barrel oil to stave of going under. Trump needs to emulate Reagan here and force all of these countries out of business economically. With a Trump Presidency, we will prevail. It’s the Golden Rule in action.
The royal camel humpers in SA will not be happy about this.
Which in itself is then the trigger for the U.S. Government (read that: US Senate) to vote to seize all Saudi Assets in the United States to protect them against claims by the families of the 9-11 victims.
This cuts both ways for the Saudi's. If they're dumb enough to sell the debt they're holding, they stand to lose much more in the way of American Assets.
Game, Set, Match: America.
And then there's the embargo's that our Government will put on Saudi oil which will give new life to the light shale oil revolution here in the U.S. Yes, Oil & Gas prices will spike temporarily, but never EVER bet against good old American ingenuity.
The Saudi's and Russians made that mistake when oil was over $100/bbl. Our guys are competitive again at $40/bbl from what I've read. If anything, now's the time to f*ck Saudi Arabia over.
Should have bombed their oilfields on 9/12!
Couldn’t because Bush II was el presidente.
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