House to vote on bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia

Washington (CNN)The House will vote this week on a bill that would allow families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts over its alleged involvement, a House GOP leadership aide confirmed Wednesday.

The legislation would allow families to sue Saudi Arabia by prohibiting countries alleged to have ties to terrorism from invoking sovereign immunity in court.

The bill passed the Senate in May on a rare voice vote, but the White House has repeatedly threatened to veto it.

A representative for the victims’ families said they’ve been told by House GOP leadership not only that the House will vote but that the leadership will support the bill’s passage.

It’s unclear what prompted House GOP leaders to schedule a vote on the bill. The move to vote in the House was first reported by Politico.

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source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/07/politics/house-vote-9-11-lawsuit-saudi-arabia-bill/index.html