President Barack Obama plans to veto legislation passed unanimously in Congress that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, according to the White House.
“That is still the plan. The President does intend to veto this legislation,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest when asked if President Obama still planned to veto the bill.
“…the President feels quite strongly about this. And our concern is not limited to the impact it could have on a relationship with one country, but rather it could have an impact on our relationship with every country around the world in a way that has negative consequences for the United States, for our national security, and for our men and women in uniform.” Earnest added.
Congress is expected to attempt to override the veto, and if successful, would mark the first time in Obama’s presidency.
The bill is designed to give 9/11 victims’ families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The bill passed in the House last Friday, two days before the 15th year anniversary of the 9/11 attack.