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9/11 Lawsuit Bill To Be Voted On Before Sunday Anniversary

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An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York in this file photo from Sept. 11, 2001. (Peter Morgan-Files/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 10:21 AM

A 9/11 lawsuit bill, which would allow the families of victims to sue Saudi Arabia for liability in the attacks, will be voted on this week by the U.S. House of Representatives before the 15th anniversary Sunday.

The House is poised to take up the bill Friday and forward it to President Barack Obama for his signature, U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told Bloomberg.

"This has been a long time coming, and the families have been through a lot," King told Bloomberg. "It's gratifying. It's also a wake-up call to the Saudis. It's sort of pushing back the Saudi lobbyists who are spending a lot of time on the Hill."

The bill, though, faces a possible presidential veto and opposition by Saudi Arabia. The legislation, called the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," passed the Senate unanimously in May, Politico reported. If Obama vetoes the bill, it could set up potentially the first presidential veto override of his administration, according to Bloomberg.

"We understand and sympathize with the motivation behind the (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) legislation," a White House official told Politico. "The proposed remedy, however, would enact broad changes in long-standing international law regarding sovereign immunity that, if applied globally, could have serious implications for U.S. interests. We believe there needs to be more careful consideration of the potential unintended consequences of its enactment before the House considers the legislation."

The White House also said in the past that the bill could affect the work of U.S. servicemen and diplomats if the "international principle of sovereign immunity is weakened," Bloomberg said.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers connected with the 9/11 terrorist attacks were Saudi Arabia citizens. While the Saudi government said it was not involved, recently declassified portions of a congressional inquiry into the attacks found that the hijackers may have had assistance from Saudis connected to its government, Bloomberg noted.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, threatened in March that if the bill passes, his government would sell $750 billion in U.S. assets, including treasury securities, CNN reported. House Speaker Paul Ryan also expressed concern about the bill earlier this year.

"I think we need to review it to make sure that we're not making mistakes with our allies and that we're not catching people up in this that shouldn't be caught up in this," Ryan said, according to CNN.

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A 9/11 lawsuit bill will be voted on this week by the U.S. House of Representatives before Sunday's anniversary, which could allow the families of victims to sue Saudi Arabia for liability in the attacks.
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