Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia


#1

I cannot support this AT ALL. They have already been WELL paid:

Eleven days after the attacks claimed more than 2,700 lives, Congress created a $7 billion fund to compensate 5,562 family members of the fallen. Payments went to widows and widowers, children and parents. The payment for death claims averaged $2,083,000 for families, while compensation for injury claims averaged $400,000. Compensation started at $250,000 for relatives of the lowest-paid breadwinners – those who earned up to $20,000 per year. Payments for victims in the highest salary bracket of $220,000 or more were much higher; some families received as much as $7.1 million. [COLOR=#202022][FONT=Georgia] About98 percent of the families of those killed signed on with the fund, foregoing the chance to sue airlines and security companies for alleged negligence.

IN ADDITION, there was the money donated by millions of Americans and that amounted to millions $.

Allowing people to sue turns war into a for profit business for individuals…WRONG!

We have MILLIONS of Americans that have suffered at the hands of a another country and war, Germany, Japan, N Korea, N Vietnam. Do they get to sue? Most of the soldiers who were injured or died in the aforementioned conflicts recieved less than $400 per month (including combat pay), I wonder if they and they familes deserve something.
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Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying vocal opposition from the White House.
The upper chamber approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act by unanimous consent.

“This bill is very near and dear to my heart as a New Yorker because it would allow the victims of 9/11 to pursue some small measure of justice,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “[This is] another example of the [John] Cornyn-Schumer collaboration, which works pretty well around here.” President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. Schumer said he wouldn’t uphold a veto, and expects that most senators wouldn’t, either.

“I think we easily get the two-thirds override if the president should veto,” Schumer said.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he and Schumer are talking with leadership in both parties to get an “expedited” vote on the bill in the House.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest reiterated Obama’s opposition to the bill on Tuesday.

“Given the concerns we have expressed, it’s difficult to imagine the president signing this legislation,” Earnest said.
The bill would allow victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil or surviving family members to bring lawsuits against nation-states for activities supporting terrorism.
Despite bipartisan support for the legislation, it hit a snag last month when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he was blocking the legislation over concerns it would open up the U.S. to lawsuits from foreigners accusing Washington of supporting terrorism.

But Graham’s office said he dropped his hold over the recent recess. Cornyn thanked Graham and other GOP senators for "their willingness to work with us to deal with their concerns."
The legislation will now head to the House, where lawmakers have also introduced their own version of the bill.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has voiced skepticism about the legislation.

“I think we need to look at it,” Ryan told reporters last month. "I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and we’re not catching people in this that shouldn’t be caught up in this."
The comments created a rare area of agreement between GOP lawmakers and the White House, which struggled to convince Democrats that the legislation could undermine national security.

Earnest told reporters last month that he was “gratified” by Ryan’s comments.
The legislation has also drawn criticism from the Saudi government. Top Saudi officials reportedly threatened to sell off billions of dollars in U.S. assets if Congress passed the bill.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, pushed back against the reports in Geneva earlier this month while warning that the legislation could impact Saudi investments, according to Reuters.

The senators pressed back against criticism that the legislation targets Saudi Arabia, noting that the legislation only allows a lawsuit.
“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” Schumer said. "If they did, they should be held accountable."
Cornyn called the potential that Saudi Arabia could sell U.S. assets a “hollow threat,” saying, “they’re not going to suffer a huge financial loss in order to make a point.”
*Updated at 2:36 p.m. Jordan Fabian contributed.


#2

I’ll have to agree with Chuck Schumer on this issue. What’s the world coming to!


#3

I can’t agree. The solution to terrorism involves soldiers, not lawyers.


#4

This bill sounds good on paper, but somehow the idea that a bunch of lawyers are going to get a lot of fees out this does not sit well. Many of these Congressmen and Seantors are lawyers, and their kind stand to benefit from this.


#5

I have been a party to 3 class action lawsuits:

  1. Got nothing it died in the courts over the years

  2. Got a coupon for a 15% discount on accessories I buy over $200 worth of accessories, discount not to exceed $50 and must be used within a year of receipt of this notice.

  3. Got 3x $15 vouchers to apply to the next 3 full fare tickets purchased on American Airlines.

All of these were multimillion $ law suits against a stock brokerage, Kawasaki and American airlines. The lawyers got millions, we the people got next to nothing or with some many restrictions that its almost impossible to use, I have never used or received anything from the 3 I was a party to.


#6

And if they win, who will make them pay? Obama? Clinton? LOL! People get more gullible everyday. If the government had any balls, instead of suing the towel head animals, they’d bomb them out of existence!


#7

I got 17¢ once in a class action suit. I didn’t voluntarily participate. I was just given the info, and automatically included in the suit.


#8

Wow! So did I! I wrote on the face of the check, “Shove it up your ***” and mailed it back to them.


#9

I received 11¢ once from a civil court case I did not know I was even part of. Since then if I get material in the mail wanting to join these actions I just pitch it. The truth is the lawyers make the money.


#10

So these morons in Congress think that a bunch of lawyers can discover via SUBPOENAS what our Intelligence Agencies COULDN’T find using humint and electronic intel???