President Obama plans to veto legislation passed by Congress that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
“That’s still the plan,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday at a White House press briefing.
The widely popular bill passed in the House last week and also passed in the Senate in May, paving the way for the inevitable showdown with the president who threatened the veto because the bill could complicate diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and other nations in the future.
If the bill becomes law, families of the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 could sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its role, as 15 of the 19 terrorists were of Saudi descent.
But the White House believes the bill is not “an effective, forceful way for us to respond to terrorism,” according to Earnest.
“It’s not hard to imagine other countries using this law as an excuse to haul U.S. diplomats, U.S. service members or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world,” Earnest said. “The president feels quite strongly about this.”
Though the bill has not yet been presented to Obama, lawmakers are ready to override his veto, a first in his presidency.
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