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Senate approves 9/11 legislation despite Saudi threats

Senate approves 9/11 legislation despite Saudi threats

The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia despite a White House veto threat and fierce objections from the U.S. ally. 

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, approved by voice vote, had triggered a threat from Riyadh to pull billions of dollars from the U.S. economy if the bill is enacted. 

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), gives victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed thousands in New York, the...

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