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House Passes Legislation to Allow Families of 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

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"I hope for the sake of the families who have suffered such losses and fought so hard, the Administration will not veto this bill."

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The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday on a voice vote that would allow the family members of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to sue the nation of Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.

If signed into law, the bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would permit Americans to make civil claims “against a foreign state or official for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism.”

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