09.28.16

Senator David Perdue Votes To Override Obama’s Veto Of Bill Helping 9/11 Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after voting to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), bipartisan legislation which allows families of the victims of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks seek financial compensation from foreign sponsors of terrorism:

“On September 11, 2001, our country suffered a great loss and no one understands this more than the families of the victims. I am disappointed that President Obama is acting as a roadblock in these families’ fight for justice. They deserve their day in court, and I am proud that the Senate has voted to override this veto.”

Under current law, U.S. federal courts are generally not allowed to hear lawsuits brought against foreign nations due to the doctrine of foreign sovereign immunity. JASTA would amend current law and allow federal courts to hear lawsuits that are brought against foreign nations that knowingly or recklessly support individuals or organizations involved in committing acts of terrorism.

JASTA passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on May 17, 2016, and passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on September 9, 2016. President Obama vetoed the legislation September 23, 2016. Now, since the Senate has voted to override the veto, two-thirds of the members of House must vote to override the President’s veto in order for JASTA to become law.