The Senate passed a bill Thursday that allows 9/11 victims to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism.

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) got unanimous consent to pass S. 1535, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The bill amends the federal criminal code to allow foreign states and other foreign entities to be sued for damages if they are sponsors of terrorism.


“The bill we passed today helps victims of terrorism seek justice,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Every entity including foreign states will be held accountable if they are found responsible for the heinous acts such as the 9/11 terrorist attack.”

Schumer said the bill was needed because a New York court threw out a lawsuit from 9/11 victims trying to sue countries that helped fund the attacks.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Texas) sponsored the measure and said it was an example of bipartisanship he hopes carries over into the next Congress.

The bill now heads to the House for further consideration.