By Hinna Sheikh
By Hinna Sheikh
Rabat- The US congress votes in favor of the controversial law to give families of 911 items to sue Saudi Arabian government.
US Congress have taken the decision to override President Obama’s veto powers, to pass the 9/11 bill, which will allow US families to sue the Saudi Arabian government over the 9/11 bombings.
The vote came earlier this morning, with both the Senate and the House of Representatives voting to pass the bill, which won an overwhelming majority. They voted to override the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
The House of Representatives voted 348-77 against the veto after the Senate rejected it 97-1, meaning JASTA will come into place as law.
Since the vote, the US President has come out and said the decision to override his veto is a mistake and could set a “dangerous precedent” that could put US interests at risk.
Senators argued in favor of justice for the victims, whereas they feel that the White House is too concerned with diplomatic relations and US interests.
The vote is a blow to one of the US’ oldest allies in the Arab world. The question now remains regarding US-Saudi relations.
Families and senators alike have rejoiced over the bill, as they believe justice can now be sought for the victims of the horrific attack of 9/11.
The majority of the attackers of the 2001 attacks were Saudi nationals. The victims’ families have been lobbying and campaigning for years lawmakers for the right to sue the Saudi government. Despite Saudi Arabia’s constant denial of any involvement in the attacks, victim’s families have pushed for the bill to be passed.
The Saudi embassy in Washington is yet to comment of the bill. But the future of Saudi-US relations may be in jeopardy and the coming months will be most interesting to see how events will unfold.