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

House to vote on bill to allow 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia
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House leaders say a vote is coming this week on a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, an aide for House leadership told The Hill.


The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Senate in May, is expected to pass the House and head to the president’s desk.

But President Obama is expected the veto the measure, which faces fierce opposition from his administration, senior national security officials from both parties and the Saudi Arabian government.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) had voiced reservations about the bill's approach in April, saying it needed to be reviewed "to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and that we’re not catching people in this that shouldn’t be caught up in this.”

Critics argue that the bill would undermine an important relationship with Saudi Arabia and open the door for other nations to pass similar policies that would expose the U.S. to costly lawsuits in foreign courts.

But lawmakers released 28 previously secret pages detailing suspected Saudi ties to the 9/11 hijackers in July and are under pressure to act from a group of victims’ families, as the 15th anniversary of the attacks looms.

The 28 pages outlined several seemingly suspicious connections between Saudi government officials and the 9/11 hijackers but failed to include a smoking gun definitively linking the kingdom to the terror attacks.