President Barack Obama is expected to block a bill (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)) allowing victims of 9/11 and their relatives to sue the Government of Saudi Arabia over its alleged involvement in the terrorist attack. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, bringing Congress closer to a showdown with the White House, which has threatened to veto the legislation.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: “This legislation would change longstanding international law regarding sovereign immunity. The bill aims to amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) in order to prevent foreign regime sponsors of terrorism invoke “sovereign immunity” to dodge lawsuits involving deaths from terror attack of someone in the United States. Should the legislation pass, the Saudi government has threatened to sell off up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they face a danger of being frozen by American courts.