The U.S. Congress has overcome Obama’s veto on the law on the claims against Saudi Arabia


To overcome the veto of Barack Obama for a law that allows the relatives of the victims of September 11 to sue the foreign state on the territory of the United States, were supposed to vote more than two thirds of the senators and members of the house of representatives. In the first veto was overridden in the Senate, where it is made of 97 people, with only one vote against.

Two hours later, against the presidential decisions voted by the House of representatives, reports Reuters. For overcoming of the veto made 348 deputies, against — 76.

The Congress decision means that the bill will become law despite the position of the President of the United States. This is the first such case in the entire time that Obama is the head of the administration.

In April, Saudi Arabia has warned the Obama administration and members of Congress that they will go on sale belonging to the Kingdom of American assets worth about $750 billion to prevent them from freezing, if Washington adopts a law, allowing to judge a foreign government in U.S. courts on charges of involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Saudi Arabia may act as a defendant in the lawsuits because of the 19 participants in the attacks on new York and Washington, 15 were citizens of this country. According to unconfirmed reports, the results obtained by held in Congress of the investigation showed that the terrorists received help from people associated with the official Saudi authorities. In Saudi Arabia itself these suspicions categorically rejected.

The Senate and House of representatives, despite requests from Obama and members of his administration, voted for the bill, the essence of which is that the families of the victims of September 11, can file lawsuits against States that supported the activities of these organizations in America. In this case, there is an opportunity to seize Bank accounts and assets in other countries in the United States.

Obama vetoed the bill on September 23. At the White house this decision was explained by the fact that the document allegedly threatened the national security of the United States. The us administration argued that the law would allow a lawsuit against the States that were not included by the Executive in the list of state sponsors of terrorism” and would destroy “the concept of sovereign immunity, which protected US citizens for a long time.”

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