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CRAMER: Terrorism Bill Veto Override a Big Victory for Justice

Sep 28, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the House of Representatives joined the Senate today in overriding President Obama’s veto of S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The Senate vote was 97 to 1, and the House vote was 348 to 77. This bill allows victims and their families to sue Saudi Arabia for its involvement with the 9/11 attacks. The bill initially passed the Senate May 17 and the House Sept. 9. President Obama vetoed the bill Friday.

“Today’s veto override by Congress is a strong affirmation of accountability and justice.  Fifteen years later, It gives the victims and their families of the 9/11 attacks another avenue to seek justice and have their day in court.  This law sends the message to foreign countries the United States will fight terrorist attacks on American soil with every means possible, including the American court system. This was a big victory for justice today.”