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A bill that will allow 9/11 victims and surviviors to sue the Saudi government.
The US senate has passed legislation that will allow victims of the 9/11 attacks and those families though not there on the day who lost loved ones to sue the Saudi government. The measure is to be voted upon by the House of Representatives with stiff opposition for some reason by the Obama administration.
The families of victims and those who survived the AQ attack have been pressing the Obama administration for a while now to allow them to sue the Saudis. Also it is alleged that the US government has got paperwork showing clear KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) involvement with the plot and 9/11 families of the victims and survivors have also been pushing hard for the paperwork to be declassified and be available in the public arena.
If the bill is voted into law the reason why Saudi is in the firing line as it were is because of the 19 AQ operatives 15 were Saudis and others came from the UAE, Egypt and Lebanon. So the majority of attackers were Saudi hence the government of KSA being liable legally.
The Saudis in their capital Riyadh have threatened the US if the bill becomes law with selling off $750 billion in US assets and how this will affect the US - KSA relations more broadly if the bill becomes law is unknown at this time.
As already stated earlier the Obama administration opposes the bill and any veto could affect the bill but Senator Schumer has given assurances that the Presidential veto will not stand as he has said the senate has two - thirds of the vote to overcome the Presidential veto.
Speaking morally it is understandable why the families who survived and lost loved ones that day want to be able to go after the Saudis for compensation and although this money if the bill is passed into law will not bring the dead back at least it will be be of some financial comfort to the ones left behind.